May. 22, 2020
Projected NFL Standings: AFC WEST EDITION
To compete in the AFC West you'll need to know how to put up points. Last season, the Chiefs easily controlled the division going 6-0 in the AFC West. It remains to be seen if anyone will be able to put up a fight against the Chiefs this season.
Kansas City Chiefs: (13-3)
The defending Super Bowl Champs should have no problem defending their division title. While the AFC West took a step forward this offseason, the Chiefs are a step ahead of the competition. The Chiefs return 20 out of 22 starters from their Super Bowl run. A number one seed in the AFC will be the goal this year for the Chiefs. Mahomes and company will be tested with road games against the Bills, Ravens, Saints, and Buccaneers. In the end, the Chiefs will have enough firepower to get one of the top seeds in the AFC.
Denver Broncos: (8-8)
I loved what the Broncos did this offseason. A.J. Bouye and Jurrell Casey were both acquired in trades this offseason. Both will be good additions to the defense. The signing of offensive guard, Graham Glasgow, will help patch up the offensive line. The left tackle position still worries me but the Broncos did enough this offseason to be considered a team on the rise. We can't forget the draft the Broncos put together. The Broncos gave Drew Lock weapon after weapon, adding wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler as well as tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. The Broncos even added Melvin Gordon to the mix at running back. The success of the season will likely ride on the arm of Drew Lock. If Lock proves he can play, the Broncos have a lot of talent to work with for years to come.
Los Angeles Chargers:(7-9)
The Chargers are always a hard team to predict. Chargers seasons always seem to involve new ways to lose and unlucky injuries. After going 5-11 last year, I see them with a slightly improved record this year. The decision to start Justin Herbert or Tyrod Taylor will be a big indicator of how I see the season playing out. If the Chargers start Herbert I see a lower win total due to the growth of a young quarterback. A season with Taylor at the helm will lead to more of a game management style offense, which I believe will result in more wins. Whichever way the Chargers go, they will have to hope their offensive line holds up. Bryan Bulga will help but there's still major holes upfront. The defense, which added pro bowl corner Chris Harris Jr., is a strong unit that will need to carry the offense at points this season.
Las Vegas Raiders:(6-10)
A 6-10 record would be a major disappointment for the Las Vegas Raiders. Unfortunately, I see the Raiders facing this reality. The division is improving and the Raiders are the odd team out. Derek Carr would most likely be on the hot seat after another disappointing season. Jon Gruden wants to win and it seems this is a prove-it year for Carr. The Raiders have talent, but I'm still iffy on Carr. Carr isn't the only reason the Raiders could disappoint this year. Even after the Corey Littleton signing, the defense still concerns me. The concerns are amplified when you play in a division with the Chiefs and the Broncos who loaded up on weapons.
Let me know if you agree or disagree. The AFC North is next.