Sure, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are the cream of the crop in the AFC West, but what about their three longtime division rivals? Have the Denver Broncos really found their franchise quarterback in Drew Lock? Can the Los Angeles Chargers succeed in their first year without Philip Rivers under center? Will the Las Vegas Raiders have a successful campaign after remaking their own roster on both sides of the ball? If you’re planning on making an NFL futures odds wager on the potential winner of the AFC West division title in 2020, then I’ve got the expert insight that you’ll need in order to help you in your quest for NFL futures odds success. Let’s get right to it so you can make your bets against their odds to win the AFC West division.
2020 NFL Odds & Picks for AFC West: Title winner, favorites, surprise, upset
Kansas City Chiefs -350
The Chiefs are absolutely loaded and have as good a chance to repeat as Super Bowl champs as any team in recent memory in my estimation. Not only did Kansas City win a dozen games a year ago, but they have an elite quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, a future Hall of Fame head coach in Andy Reid and a boatload of speed at the skill positions. Tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek are among the very best players in the league at their respective positions, as is defensive end Chris Jones and safety Tyrann Mathieu. Kansas City finished fifth in scoring last season (28.2 ppg) and a surprising seventh in points allowed (19.3 ppg). It’s a scary thought, but Kansas City could be even better in 2020 than they were a year ago!
Denver Broncos +750
The Broncos went a decent 7-9 last year despite struggling at quarterback – until rookie Drew Lock took over that is. Denver finished the 2019 campaign ranked a dismal 28th in passing and an identical 28th in scoring (17.6 ppg), but they may have found their franchise quarterback if Lock’s late-season play is any indication. Lock went 4-1 in five starts while passing for 1,020 yards with seven TD passes and three interceptions. To improve their lackluster offense, the Broncos signed veteran running back Melvin Gordon, guard Graham Glasgow, tight end Nick Vannett in free agency while drafting former Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and former Penn State wideout J.K. Hamler with their first two picks in the draft. Denver finished an impressive 10th in points allowed under defensive-minded head coach Vic Fangio and now, the Broncos are definitely a team trending upward heading into 2020. I’m thinking nine wins sounds about right.
LA Chargers +800
The Bolts went a discouraging 5-11 last season while finishing 21st in scoring (21.1 ppg) and 14th in points allowed (21.6 ppg). Now though, things are looking a lot different as L.A. gets set for the upcoming 2020 campaign. The Chargers parted ways with longtime franchise quarterback Philip Rivers and running back Melvin Gordon and drafted gifted rookie Justin Herbert with the sixth overall pick while handing the keys to their short-term future to ‘safe’ veteran Tyrod Taylor who will likely open the season under center until Herbert is ready. The Chargers added veteran cornerback Chris Harris Jr., linebacker Nick Vigil, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and tackle Brian Bulaga in free agency while electing former Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray with the 23rd overall pick. In the end, I like the way the Bolts have reshaped their roster and I believe they could very well reach eight or even nine wins in 2020.
Las Vegas Raiders +950
Las Vegas went 6-4 over their first 10 games last season before falling apart over their last half-dozen contests to finish at 7-9 a year ago. The Raiders have a flat-out star in running back Josh Jacobs (1,150 yards), but they finished the 2019 campaign ranked an uninspiring 24th in scoring (19.6 ppg) and an identical 24th in points allowed (26.2 ppg). The good news is that Vegas had one of the best drafts of any team in the league as they nabbed Alabama wideout Henry Ruggs III with the 12th overall pick in the draft before adding Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette with the 19th overall pick. The Raiders then grabbed Kentucky wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr and South Carolina wideout Bryan Edwards, both in the third round to become the third team in the common draft era to select three receivers within the first three rounds. Las Vegas also signed quarterback Marcus Mariota, tight end Jason Witten, safety Damarious Randall, wide receiver Nelson Agholor, defensive end Carl Nassib and defensive tackle Maliek Collins in free agency. While the Raiders have remade their roster this offseason, the fact of the matter is that they still have a bunch of question marks, starting at quarterback where incumbent starter Derek Carr may or may not beat out Mariota. In the end, the Chiefs are easily the division winner here, while I like Denver as my potential ‘upset’ pick with the LA Chargers not far behind. I guess the Raiders could also surprise, but I’m not too sure whether that surprise will be a gift anyone wants. I see another 7-9 finish coming in 2020 for the Raiders.
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