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AFC West 2020 Predictions & Odds

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AFC West Division Winner 2020 Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, updated on October 19, 2020.

TeamOdds
Kansas City Chiefs-770
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LA Chargers+4000
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LV Raiders+550
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Denver Broncos+2500
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AFC West Win Totals 2020 Odds

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TeamOverUnder
Kansas City Chiefs11.5 (-121)
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11.5 (+100)
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Denver Broncos7.5 (-118)
8.5 (+180)
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7.5 (-106)
8.5 (-225)
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LA Chargers7.5 (-141)
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7.5 (+115)
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Las Vegas Raiders7 (-118)
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7 (-106)
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AFC West Games Playing This Week

  • Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs Los Angeles Chargers
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Las Vegas Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs (-770)

2019 W-L RecordHead CoachStarting QBOffensive PlaymakerDefensive Playmaker
12-4Andy ReidPatrick MahomesWR Tyreek HillDE Frank Clark

Key offseason acquisitions: named defensive tackle Chris Jones their franchise player and retained wide receiver Sammy Watkins on his existing contract.

After posting a 12-4 regular-season record and winning the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs swept through the postseason and became the Super Bowl LIV Champions, winning head coach Andy Reid his second Lombardi Trophy and the Chiefs’ franchise its second.

The salary cap is Kansas City’s biggest issue these days (it’s certainly not a lack of talent) and it will continue to haunt them even through the 2021 offseason, so they will need to begin getting used to using the draft to fill their few roster holes.

The Chiefs did just that by selecting multi-purpose running back and LSU star Clyde Edwards-Helaire with their first-round pick in the 2020 draft, a hard-hitting, soft-handed speedster who should complement Kansas City’s already potent offensive attack.

Denver Broncos (+2500)

2019 W-L RecordHead CoachStarting QBOffensive PlaymakerDefensive Playmaker
7-9Vic FangioDrew LockRB Phillip LindsayLB Von Miller/LB Bradley Chubb

Key offseason acquisitions: Added CB A.J. Bouye, RB Melvin Gordon, DT Jurrell Casey, G Graham Glasgow, P Sam Martin, TE Nick Vannett, QB Jeff Driskel

The Broncos posted their third sub-500 season in a row in 2019, ending up in 2nd place of the AFC West but out of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season since their Super Bowl win in 2015.

One thing the Broncos were lacking was speed at the wide receiver position, and they solved that problem by snagging Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy in the draft, giving young quarterback Drew Lock a deep threat to target.

Broncos scored 16 or less points in over half their 2019 games, so the key to 2020 becomes to give Lock better protection and more options so he can score more points, but regardless of how well the team improves they are still automatic longshots in the AFC West, as is every team not named the Kansas City Chiefs.

LA Chargers (+4000)

2019 W-L RecordHead CoachStarting QBOffensive PlaymakerDefensive Playmaker
5-11Anthony LynnTyrod TaylorWR Keenan AllenDE Joey Bosa

Key offseason acquisitions: QB Justin Herbert, RT Bryan Bulaga, CB Chris Harris, DT Linval Joseph, LB Nick Vigil

Key offseason departures: QB Philip Rivers, RB Melvin Gordon

The Chargers followed up their 12-4 season in 2018 with only five wins in 2019 and a fourth-place finish in the AFC West, results that prompted big changes both under center, at running back and elsewhere.

Currently, journeyman quarterback Tyrod Taylor is the designated starter, but Los Angeles’ front office selected Oregon star quarterback Justin Herbert in the draft, so expect to see calls for him the moment Taylor becomes ineffective.

Adding Harris to their secondary provides even more talent to a passing defense that was ranked fifth in the league last season, but regardless of how many times the Chargers’ defense can get the ball back, until the team has a solid quarterback as their leader, it could be a while before they see the postseason again.

Las Vegas Raiders (+550)

2019 W-L RecordHead CoachStarting QBOffensive PlaymakerDefensive Playmaker
7-9Jon GrudenDerek CarrRB Josh JacobsDE Max Crosby

Key offseason acquisitions: LB Cory Littleton, QB Marcus Mariota, TE Jason Witten, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, DT Maliek Collins, CB Eli Apple, DE/OLB Carl Nassib, WR Nelson Agholor, S Jeff Heath

The Raiders spent their last year in Oakland in 2019 and posted a 7-9 record, good enough to finish in third place of the AFC West, but not good enough to qualify for at least a Wild Card spot in the playoffs, coming up short for the 16th time in the last 17 seasons.

With a new home in Las Vegas comes a lot of new faces acquired by the Raiders this offseason, including former starting quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is expected to up the level of competition at the spot normally occupied by 6-year veteran Derek Carr.

With better weapons added on offense in Witten and Agholor and with a slew of shutdown veterans brought in to beef up a defense ranked 19th overall in 2019, expect the Raiders to look somewhat better on both sides of the ball in 2020 as they once again attempt to put a stop to this ongoing postseason drought they’ve been trapped in.

Which Team Has Won the Most AFC West Divisional Titles?

TeamDivision Titles
Denver Broncos15
LA Chargers15
Las Vegas Raiders15
Kansas City Chiefs12

Which AFC West Team Has Won the Most Super Bowls?

TeamSuper Bowls
Denver Broncos3
Las Vegas Raiders3
Kansas City Chiefs2
LA Chargers0

That honor goes to two AFC West teams, the Las Vegas Raiders and the Denver Broncos, who each have three Lombardi’s and the associated fat Super Bowl rings that go along with them.

The Raiders, who have won four AFC championships, turned those into three Super Bowl wins: XI in 1976, XV in 1980 and XVIII in 1983.

The Denver Broncos, who have won eight AFC championships, turned those into three Super Bowl wins: XXXII in 1997, XXXIII in 1998 and L in 2015.

Next are the Kansas City Chiefs, who lifted the Lombardi in 2019 bringing their total number of Super Bowl wins to two: IV in 1969 and LIV in 2019.

Finally are the Los Angeles Chargers, who won an AFC Championship in 1994 but then lost in Super Bowl XXIX.

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