NO EASY WINS HERE
The AFC West is loaded with talent and should be a really fun division to watch this year. The Chiefs and Raiders have the inside track to the division title but the Broncos are still dangerous if they can solidify their Quarterback position, while the Chargers have a team that can be competitive if they can remain healthy.
NFL Expert Analyst Lance Goodman
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Kansas City had a bitter ending to their 2016 season, losing at home in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs. The Chiefs will be a legitimate playoff contender again but should they be taken serious as a Super Bowl contender?
Oakland had a break through season in 2016, making the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Quarterback Derek Carr leads a potent offense but the defense still has question marks. Expectations will be high, let's see if the Raiders are ready to establish themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
The Broncos still have a strong roster led by one the leagues best defensive units but the Quarterback position has to be addressed in order for this team to compete for another Super Bowl. Denver took home the Lombardi Trophy in 2015 despite shaky Quarterback play but wasn't able to have the same luck in 2016. 2nd and 3rd year Quarterbacks Paxton Lynch & Trevor Siemian will battle it out for the starting job, while the offensive line looks to improve.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
The Chargers are a team in transition. Longtime Quarterback Philip Rivers is at the end of his career and the Chargers are in the process of making Los Angeles their new home. The team remains competitive but not expected to be in serious Playoff contention. They have some young pieces in place and should continue to stock pile talent to bolster their roster.
AFC WEST PROJECTED RECORDS
Kansas City 11-5
Los Angeles Chargers 7-9