AFC West Betting Odds - NFL Futures

AFC West Betting Odds

The biggest favorite to win their division this year is the Kansas City Chiefs. The defending Super Bowl champions are considered twice as likely to win their division than any other team per the NFL futures odds, and they seem set to dominate after no other team in the AFC West even made it to .500 in 2019. Kansas City has won at least nine games each season since Andy Reid took over in 2013, and it would be a shock if the Chiefs didn’t win at least 10 games in 2020.

AFC West Betting

As long as Patrick Mahomes is the quarterback in Kansas City, the Chiefs are likely going to be the team to beat in this division. Mahomes had another sensational season in 2019, overcoming an injury to give Kansas City its first Super Bowl title in five decades, and this team might be even more talented coming into this season. Clyde Edwards-Helaire will immediately become the most talented running back in the backfield, and Mecole Hardman could be even more explosive in his second season.

The Chargers said goodbye to long-time quarterback Philip Rivers this offseason as they begin to rebuild. Either Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert will start the season under center for this franchise, and Austin Ekeler will take over for Melvin Gordon III as the primary running back. This defense could be elite though as Linval Joseph and Chris Harris Jr. join an already talented unit.

Denver has the potential to be one of the most surprising teams in the NFL. Drew Lock was sharp over the last five games of his rookie season, and he has plenty of talented players to target in the passing game. Courtland Sutton is a Pro Bowl receiver, Noah Fant is a promising tight end, and the Broncos selected Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler with their first two draft picks.

The Raiders have only registered one winning season since 2002, and it’s unlikely they change that dubious mark in 2020. This offense is mediocre with Derek Carr calling the shots, and the defense is in even worse shape. Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden have struggled to put together a winner, but the citizens of Las Vegas are thrilled that the NFL is coming to town.

AFC West Winners (2000)

2020 Kansas City Chiefs 14-2
2019 Kansas City Chiefs 12-4
2018 Kansas City Chiefs 12-4
2017 Kansas City Chiefs 10-6
2016 Kansas City Chiefs 12-4
2015 Denver Broncos 12-4
2014 Denver Broncos 12-4
2013 Denver Broncos 13-3
2012 Denver Broncos 13-3
2011 Denver Broncos 8-8
2010 Kansas City Chiefs 10–6
2009 San Diego Chargers 13–3
2008 San Diego Chargers 8–8
2007 San Diego Chargers 11–5
2006 San Diego Chargers 14–2
2005 Denver Broncos 13–3
2004 San Diego Chargers 12–4
2003 Kansas City Chiefs 13–3
2002 Oakland Raiders 11–5
2001 Oakland Raiders 10–6
2000 Oakland Raiders 12–4

This division has been defined by streaks over the last two decades. The Raiders won this division three straight times at the start of the 21st Century, and then the Chargers won the AFC West four straight times from 2006 to 2009. After Kansas City won the division in 2010, it was Denver’s turn to go on a tear, and the Broncos won five straight AFC West titles from 2011 to 2015. Recently, the division has been ruled by Andy Reid and the Chiefs, and they have claimed the last four division crowns.

The Denver Broncos are the only team in this division to never relocate. The Kansas City Chiefs were the Dallas Texans for three seasons before moving to the middle of the country, while the Raiders split time between Los Angeles and Oakland before moving to Las Vegas. The Chargers are back in the City of Angels too after spending decades in San Diego.

AFC West Division Titles

Denver Broncos 15
Oakland/Los Angeles/ Las Vegas Raiders 15
Kansas City Chiefs 13
San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 10

The AFC West has a storied past that dates back to the initial season of the AFL and division matchups are always entertaining because of the parity we have seen in this division over the years. The Raiders have won 13 AFC West titles, the second-most behind the Broncos’ 15 division crowns, but they are experiencing their longest divisional title drought in franchise history. Oakland won the AFC West in 2002, but this franchise hasn’t won the division since that point, while the other three teams have essentially split titles.

This division has sent 17 teams to the Super Bowl with Denver leading the way by making eight trips to the NFL’s biggest stage. Every team in the division has at least been to one Super Bowl too, and every team but the Chargers has won the Super Bowl at least twice. The Chargers won an AFL Championship during the time they were in San Diego, but they have only been to the Super Bowl once.

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