2018 AFC West NFL Odds & Picks

2018 AFC West NFL Odds & Picks

Written by on August 1, 2018

Some division have ridiculous odds on favorites. New England, year in and year out, is a huge favorite to win the AFC East. Other divisions have fair odds on ever team that plays in the division. The AFC West is one of those divisions. The L.A. Chargers are favored at +150. The Oakland Raiders are a solid second choice at +225. Check out more about the favored Bolts along with info on the smart and longshot picks.

2018 AFC West NFL Odds & Picks

Favorite: Los Angeles Chargers

  • 2018 AFC West Odds: +150
No team was as hot heading to the off season as the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bolts won 9 of their final 12 games. The 3 losses were to playoff teams:  13 to 21 to New England in Week 8, 17 to 20 to Jacksonville in Week 10, and 13 to 30 to Kansas City in Week 15. The Chargers probably should have beaten the Jaguars. In any case, LAC is one of the hottest teams to not only win the AFC West, but to also win the Super Bowl. The Chargers still play in front of only 27,000 fans, though. That could be a detriment to their chances of winning the division. Not only that, but the schedule doesn’t ensure a fast start.

Smart: Kansas City Chiefs

Are the Chiefs a safe bet to win the AFC West in 2018?
  • 2018 AFC West Odds: +250
What’s wrong with the Kansas City Chiefs? The Chiefs did change quarterbacks. That might not be a bad thing. QB Patrick Mahomes can throw the ball 60-yards with accuracy. He’s got some seriously talented players around him in TE Travis Kelce, wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill, and RB Kareem Hunt. The real question about KC is how their defense will play. The Chiefs traded their top defender, cornerback Marcus Peters, to the L.A. Rams. That might not be such a bad thing. The Chiefs were terrible against the pass last season. So, adding some solid, if not spectacular, players at the linebacking position like Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland to help pressure QBs should help KC more than having a shutdown corner.

Longshot: Denver Broncos

  • 2018 AFC West Odds: +270
The Denver Broncos have a huge shot of winning the AFC West. The fact that they offer the best odds of the 4 teams is a major plus. How can Denver take it? First, they signed one of the better free agent quarterbacks on the market in Case Keenum. Keenum doesn’t throw interceptions. He also completes a high percentage of his passes. Second, the Denver defense should be better this season than last season. DE Bradley Chubb, the can’t miss player in this year’s NFL Draft, will play on the opposite side of Von Miller. That should make for the best DE combo in the NFL.