The AFC West features the Super Bowl runner up, rookie of the year winner, and 2 teams looking to bounce back from disappointing 2020 campaigns. We are in store for an exciting season from the AFC West in 2021 and we’ll look at how it will shape out.
Division Winner: Kansas City Chiefs
To no surprise, the Super Bowl runner up Kansas City Chiefs should win the AFC West for yet another season in a row. With strengthening their offensive line, the Chiefs will have no excuses this year if they fail to perform at a high level. The Chiefs choked in the Super Bowl as Patrick Mahomes was under constant pressure and they could not get the ball moving down the field. The Chiefs are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl this year as they are seeking revenge after their fall from the top.
2nd Place in Division: Los Angeles Chargers
After shattering most rookie quarterback records, Justin Herbert is looking to capitalize on his incredible performance in year 2. Herbert will have a healthy Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler, new veteran tight end Jared Cook, and some new rookie additions that bolster their offense even further. If the Chargers can start improving their defense, they could become a real contender within the next couple seasons.
3rd Place in Division: Las Vegas Raiders
The first season for the Raiders in Las Vegas after moving from Oakland was a bit forgettable. The Raiders biggest pain point has been with the performance of their recent draft picks. Their draft decisions were a bit questionable at the time and looking back at it, even more so now as they missed the mark on several occasions. Being in Las Vegas might help the Raiders franchise as being a more popular free agent destination for players as we know the Raiders won’t draft anyone pertinent. The Raiders do have a secret weapon in Darren Waller which gives them some relevance in the AFC West or at least enough to be ahead of the Denver Broncos.
Last Place in Division: Denver Broncos
Since Peyton Manning led the Broncos to the Super Bowl it has been all downhill since then. The Broncos have gone through their fair share of quarterbacks expecting each one to be the answer only to move on shortly after. Drew Lock was supposed to fix the problem and the Broncos brought in Teddy Bridgewater who was named the week 1 starter for the Broncos over Lock. Regardless of who finishes the season at quarterback, they most likely will have someone new under center next season to try to fix the problem of finishing last place in their division.-0