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Predictions for the 2020 AFC West – Betting Odds and Analysis for Each Team

| May 1, 2020 1:12 am PDT
AFC West Predictions and Betting Odds for 2020 – NFL Division Futures

It sure is a good time to be a Kansas City Chiefs fan.

As powerful as the defending Super Bowl champs were a season ago, they appear to have an even more complete roster in 2020. You can argue that the rest of the division also improved over the offseason, but does that really matter when it comes to making AFC West predictions? Can anybody catch Kansas City?

The unfortunate part about backing KC is that their upside is capped due to the juice we have to lay. The great part about investing in a team other than the Chiefs to win the division is that the payoff is rewarding.

So what’s the play?

Perhaps this division betting preview will help clear the air, as I lay out my AFC West predictions for 2020.

AFC West Division Odds for 2020

BetOnline MyBookie
Kansas City Chiefs -350 -425
Denver Broncos +800 +1000
Las Vegas Raiders +800 +1000
Los Angeles Chargers +800 +800

It’s Kansas City, and then it’s everyone else. The rest of the AFC West is staring straight up at Andy Reid’s crew, and things may not change for a while.

It’s worth noting that you’ll want to head to BetOnline if you plan on getting some money down on the Chiefs. Some of the best online sportsbooks for betting on the NFL installed Kansas City at -500 to capture the division, so be thankful -350 is a number that’s still available.

Analyzing the AFC West Teams

The Chiefs are the AFC West’s top dogs, but let’s not forget about the puppies in this division.

I’ll break down each team one by one, attempting to uncover if there is any betting value to be had.

Kansas City Chiefs

First things first, nobody is going to be stopping Patrick Mahomes anytime soon. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are both back, Mecole Hardman is another year older, and Sammy Watkins still has plenty of burst. And now Coach Reid gets to add Clyde Edwards-Helaire to this offense?

Isn’t that just unfair?

The defense has enough playmakers to keep KC in games, and they added another one in the draft in the form of Willie Gay Jr. If the Mississippi State product pans out like “Coach Spags” is projecting, forget about just winning the AFC West. I’m not sure any team in the league will be able to keep pace.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos have a long way to go to get to the level of the Chiefs, but the pieces are at least starting to come together. John Elway nabbed Jerry Jeudy at #15 and KJ Hamler at #46, the latter being one of the best picks in the entire 2020 NFL Draft.

Drew Lock also receives a big boost up front thanks to the arrival of Graham Glasgow, and don’t forget this team inked Melvin Gordon back in March. Considering Denver’s offense ranked in the bottom five in yards per game and points per game in 2019, it’s a good thing Elway went out and got some help.

It’ll be interesting to see if the momentum garnered late last year can carry over into the upcoming campaign. Remember, Lock and the Broncos went 4-1 down the stretch, and their only loss came on the road against the Chiefs.

Las Vegas Raiders

Lots of touts are saying Damon Arnette will be a bust, and many think Mike Mayock reached for Henry Ruggs III. Why the Raiders spent the back-to-back third-round picks on wideouts is a question still waiting to be answered.

While none of the above sounds very promising, it’s not all bad in Sin City.

Jason Witten brings a leadership quality into the locker that clearly has been lacking. Cory Littleton is a valued linebacker, and last year’s first-round pick Johnathan Abram will back after missing all of his rookie season with a torn rotator cuff.

These are all “plus-situations,” but are they substantial enough to overtake Kansas City?

Los Angeles Chargers

We may not know if Justin Herbert was the right pick for the Chargers until at least 2021. The absence of offseason programs will likely keep Herbert on the sidelines to begin the year, and what if Tyrod Taylor balls out?

What we do know is that this roster is loaded everywhere you look, and a major turnaround from a 5-11 season is certainly to be expected. We know about Joey Bosa and the damage he can do, and the addition of Bryan Bulaga is significant.

The problem for Anthony Lynn — and the issue for this franchise for the last 15 years — is that they always shoot themselves in the foot. They repeatedly play down to lesser competition, and their inability to close out games is glaring.

Who Will Win the AFC West in 2020?

I’ll keep this short and sweet because, after all, the Chiefs are unequivocally the class of the division. Any AFC West prediction that doesn’t center around Kansas City is just wishful thinking on the behalf of other fan bases.

It’s generally not appetizing to cough up -350 when you’re betting NFL futures online.

However, this is an instance where I’m happy to make an exception.

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Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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