Denver Broncos Favored to Win AFC West for Fourth Straight Year

By: Monte Scates | Tuesday, July 1, 2014
AFC West

Three of Four AFC West Teams Made Playoffs Last Year, Can They Do It Again?

The AFC West has been won by the Denver Broncos for the last three seasons, and they look poised to win it for a fourth straight time, should the team stay healthy.

Let's take a look at the future odds from LVH SuperBook in Las Vegas, and some of the offseason moves by each team in the division heading into this season.

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Denver Broncos

The Broncos are 6/1 to win the Super Bowl, 2/1 to repeat as  AFC champs and 1/4 to win the division (click here for latest NFL future odds from LVH SuperBook in Las Vegas).

After their Super Bowl blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks,General Manager John Elway made a big effort to upgrade the defense in adding key free agents with DE DeMarcus Ware, CB Aqib Talib, and SS TJ Ward.  The offensive question mark will be at running back regarding whether or not  second-year player Montee Ball is ready to handle the load as the starter in place of departed free agent Knowshon Moreno.  Expect to see more of the same from Denver.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs made a big jump last year under new head coach Andy Reid, finishing with an 11-5 record after a 2-14 mark the year before.  They are 35/1 to win the Super Bowl, 17/1 to win the AFC and 11/2 to win the AFC West.

KC ended last season on a down note, losing in the Wild Card round to the Indianapolis Colts 45-44, blowing a 28-point lead in the game.  The defense is expected to be solid, and the Chiefs will continue to feature All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles on offense. Their question mark will be along the offensive line with the departure of multiple starters via free agency.

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers ended last year with a 9-7 record and a playoff win, but could not get past the Broncos, losing 24-17 in the divisional round.They are 35/1 to win the Super Bowl, 17/1 to win the AFC  and 11/2 to win the division.  San Diego head coach Mike McCoy will look to build on hisfirst year of success. His QB Phillip Rivers returned to form in the new offense, winning Comeback Player of the Year honors.

The Chargers went CB in the first round of the NFL draft, taking TCU's Jason Verrett. Their pass defense ranked 29th last year, and they also addressed this need by signing former Chief Brandon Flowers after he was released by KC. If there is improvement in the secondary as expected, look for San Diego  to challenge for the division title.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders were the worst in the division yet again last season. They are 100/1 to win the Super Bowl, 45/1 to win the AFC and 25/1 to win the division. Believe it or not, this was a huge jump from last week when they were 200/1 to win the Super Bowl and 90/1 to win the AFC.

Oakland added a host of veteran free agents at multiple positions in an attempt to improve on last season's 4-12 record, the team's 11th straight non-winning campaign. Included among that group are DE Justin Tuck, LB LaMarr Woodley, WR James Jones and RB Maurice Jones-Drew.  However, the most important free-agent acquisition just might be QB Matt Schaub, as the Raiders will need solid play out of him if they intend on getting out of the cellar of the division this year.

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