One of the most-hyped divisions in football promises to be back at it in 2021. The AFC West has Super Bowl favorites, the Kansas City Chiefs, aiming for a third-straight Super Bowl appearance.
The LA Chargers played fun football, but their then-HC Anthony Lynn proved the shoes were too big to fill. They bottled game after game because of dumb playcalling and coaching.
Still, they discovered a stud under center in QB Justin Herbert and have a loaded roster. The Raiders were back at it in typical Jon Gruden fashion as they started the season strong. The second half saw them fall apart.
The Denver Broncos battled with injuries all season long but had their moments. It all seems like a wonderful future awaits at Mile-High City.
This article is an AFC West recap, preview, and a betting guide all in one. Without further ado, let’s check out one of the NFL’s best divisions.
The Chiefs had a second-straight trip to the Super Bowl after a 14-2 finish. They lost the Big Game, but they proved once again they are the NFL’s biggest powerhouse.
Travis Kelce ended the season with the most catches and yards for a tight end in history. WR Tyreek Hill got 1,300 receiving yards. It was another incredible season for Mahomes and co.
Las Vegas once again started hot. They even beat the Chiefs in a shootout and got a 6-3 start of the season.
Of course, in what has been Chucky’s trademark, the Raiders finished with a 2-5 run. Both wins were a Hail Mary against the dreadful Jets and a showstopper against the Broncos.
Oh, the Chargers… Starting the season with Tyrod Taylor of all people as QB1, expectations weren’t that high.
Only two games into the season, Taylor was KO’d due to a doctor pinching his lung. This was a blessing in disguise, though, as it forced the Chargers to play Justin Herbert.
Herbert destroyed every rookie record for a QB and won Offensive Rookie of the Year. HC Anthony Lynn was the downside. His coaching mistakes cost the Chargers so many games. It was hard to watch.
The Broncos were a team with good intentions. Health stated otherwise. Stars like OT Ja’Wuan James, LB Von Miller, and WR Courtland Sutton were all injured. Then, Covid-19 struck and left them with no QBs available for their game vs. the Saints. 2020 didn’t turn out as they wanted, but 2021 looks brighter for sure.
The Chiefs’ offensive line was the main reason they lost the Super Bowl. Injuries and lack of depth were the main cause for them losing the Super Bowl. How do you fix this?
You bring two Pro-Bowlers like Orlando Brown and Joe Thuney. They also added solid linemen in Austin Blythe and Kyle Long. You also draft the best Center in the draft, Creed Humphrey.
QB Mahomes with this kind of protection is a scary sight. There’s a reason they are -303 to win the AFC West. Too much power all around.
The Chargers saw the Chiefs moving and took matters into their own hands with a stellar offseason. Herbert faced pressure all season long, so they improved their offensive line.
All-Pro center Corey Linsley and top-prospect OT Rashawn Slater will line up with OL Bryan Bulaga. Herbert doesn’t have to worry about escaping, just throwing dimes.
A new coaching staff guided by Brandon Staley and OC Joe Lombardi is also a great sign of things to come. If someone can battle with the Chiefs, it’s the Chargers.
Denver will have a leap in 2021. Von Miller will be back rushing QBs. Courtland Sutton will return with his incredible catching ability. The roster is solid. Only one concern arises.
Drew Lock has proven to be a reckless QB, and now Denver has Teddy Bridgewater as a more reliable guy under center.
For some unknown reason, the Raiders deemed a good move to break their best unit, the offensive line. They signed RB Kenyan Drake. Having Josh Jacobs as running back, it seems like the Raiders should have covered other areas.
It’s like Las Vegas didn’t get the memo. While the other teams in the AFC West improved, they went backward.
|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|
|2010||Kansas City Chiefs||10-6|
*Super Bowl Champion
Let’s start by addressing the most important thing to do. Check different outlets, shop lines, and make sure you get the best NFL odds before placing any bet.
The odds table shows some stuff you need to watch out for. The odds tell you which team is the favorite, according to Vegas. Favored teams will have lower odds.
By looking at those numbers, you know how much profit you’re having if you win the bet. For example, a $333 bet on Kansas City (-333) would give you $100 in winnings and a total payout of $433.
The next step is looking at the handle. A handle shows you the percentage of total wagers on a team winning the AFC West. Let’s say the Broncos have a 10% handle, which means 10% of all money bets on the winner of the AFC West is for Denver.
Finally, the percentage of bets is the number of bets (excluding bet amounts) directed to a franchise. For example, the Chiefs have 90% of all bets. This doesn’t reflect the money amounts wagered on them.
They can have 90% of the wagers, but 35% of the handle, meaning smaller bets are coming in for them.
1. Enter your favorite sportsbook and log into your account.
2. Click on the NFL tab.
3. Pick the Division’s tab from the drop-down menu.
4. Select the odds and team to bet on.
5. Place your bet from the bet slip window—usually—on the right part of the screen.