The Kansas City Chiefs won the first championship since Super Bowl IV, played on Jan 11th, 1970. In two or three years, the AFC West could have the best 4 quarterbacks in the NFL.
Kansas City Chiefs, 12-4:
The Super Bowl Champions have high expectations. The Chiefs were due to return 20 of their 22 starters before guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and running back Damien Williams chose to opt out because of COVID-19.
Patrick Mahomes missed 2 games because of an injury. In 14 regular season starts, he completed 65% of his passes, threw 26 touchdowns, threw 5 interceptions, and averaged 5.5 yards per rush. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill combined for 155 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, out of LSU, should be the featured back mid-way through the season.
Defensively, the Chiefs should improve from last season. Steve Spagnuolo’s defense got better as the season progressed. Tyrann Mathieu became one of the leaders of this unit late in the year. Frank Clark and DT Chris Jones, combined for 17 sacks and 34 pressures last season, Rookie linebacker, Willie Gay Jr. could be the Chiefs leading tackler for years to come. This team is confident and ready to be a dynasty.
Denver Broncos, 9-7:
The Denver Broncos are a team that has a ton of potential. Denver won 4 of their last 5 regular season games last season. In 5 starts, Drew Lock completed 64% of his passes, threw 7 touchdowns and had 3 interceptions. Courtland Sutton had 72 receptions in 2019. Rookies Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hammler should provide a huge upgrade at the wide receiver position. TE Noah Fant could see the pro-bowl this season. The running back position is 3-deep. Melvin Gordon, Phillip Lindsey and Royce Freeman should all get playing time.
Defensively the Broncos are led by Von Miller. After being injured in practice, Miller could be out for the season. That is a terrible loss for this defense. Denver yielded 19.8 points per game, 10th best in the NFL. Vic Fangio’s unit could still be dangerous if they stay health. They could be a playoff team this year.
Los Angeles Chargers, 8-8:
The Chargers have talent on both sides of the ball. That depth took a huge loss this week when safety, Derwin James, had knee surgery. He will be out 6 to 8 months. Tyrod Taylor should get the start but look for them to bring Justin Herbert along as the season moves on. Keenan Allen had 104 receptions last year. He is the best wide receiver no one outside of LA knows about. Austin Eckler and Hunter Henry combined for 141 receptions. Losing James is a huge loss but this team still could win 8 or 9 games.
Las Vegas Raiders, 7-9:
After week 12 last year, Las Vegas scored the least amount of points in the NFL. They lost 6 games by 18 or more points and they did not beat a playoff team in 2019. Wide receiver Henry Ruggs III should provide this offense with a deep threat and Josh Jacobs could be their running back for the next 5 years. The question is, does Jon Gruden trust Derek Carr?
Defensively, the Raiders signed 7 free agents. But there is no one on this unit that scares opposing offensive coordinators. I am not buying what Gruden is selling. They are the worst team in this division.
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