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2020 NFL Regular Season Prediction Series: AFC West

We’re back today for another segment into the 2020 NFL Regular Season Prediction Series! And today, we will take a look and predict what will happen with AFC West.

The division saw their a snapped Super Bowl championship drought from one of their teams in the Kansas City Chiefs, but their rivals look to overcome the top spot.

Let’s see what the West has in store for us…

Denver Broncos

The 2019 season saw moderate success for the Denver Broncos under now- second year head coach Vic Fangio.

And for their plans for the 2020 season, the Broncos are looking to contend more in the division.

It was proven as they upgraded mightily on offense as they signed running back Melvin Gordon III, guard Graham Glasgow and drafted wide receivers Jerry Jeudy from Alabama and KJ Hamler out of Penn State all to help out second-year quarterback Drew Lock.

The defense should also return to form as they signed safety Justin Simmons to the franchise tender and welcome back edge rusher Bradley Chubb from injury.

They also had a slight scare after fellow edge rusher Von Miller tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and after serious consideration of possibly opting out, he’ll be back as well.

If Denver plans to battle with their rival Kansas City for the division title, everyone should mesh together and stay healthy. Otherwise, it will be another long season like they had the last couple seasons.

Kansas City Chiefs

After a 50 year drought, the Kansas City Chiefs have finally won another Super Bowl.

And their future plans currently are to win at least one more title, maybe a lot more.

Even when they had their salary cap at a mere $171 entering the offseason, KC is going all in and opening the vault to anyone that wanted new contracts.

As you can see in the tweet below, the Chiefs have had a pretty interesting offseason.

That’s right. They have signed Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes to a massive 12-year deal, and even inked defensive lineman Chris Jones and tight end Travis Kelce to big deals as well.

They are dead set on trying to make a dynasty by signing all those players to deals.

Not a bad idea to do so, but it is very clear they’re looking at a bug crunch coming in the next few seasons. Let’s hope it all counts at the end for them.

Las Vegas Raiders

Year 3 for the ‘Gruden Plan’ has landed the Raiders in their (second) relocated city in their team history in Las Vegas.

The team will face similar challenges as they did in Oakland-minus the Antonio Brown drama-in dealing with a competitive division and having to solve their offensive issues.

Raiders have added quarterback Marcus Mariota via free agency for competition and drafted wide receiver Henry Ruggs III to compliment fellow Alabama Crimson Tide alumnus in running back Josh Jacobs.

The defense will also oversee significant development as they look to second-year players, safety Jonathan Abram and defensive end Clelin Ferrell to take a leap this season.

The now-Las Vegas Raiders is expected to be in the middle of the pack this year, but maybe with the some progress under coach Jon Gruden, they can shock some people this year.

Los Angeles Chargers

The story for last season’s Los Angeles Chargers was the entire defense shined, but the offense was inconsistent and sputtering.

After many years with Philip Rivers at quarterback, LA decided to go ahead for a potential change of the guard and draft Oregon’s Justin Herbert at No. 6 overall.

While head coach Anthony Lynn thinks backup Tyrod Taylor could end up being the starter, there will be competition for the top starting spot.

As for moves, the Chargers added some reliable, but aging talent as they signed offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga for insurance, nose tackle Linval Joseph as a center cog for their strong defensive line, and cornerback Chris Harris Jr from rival Denver.

The Chargers look to do great things on paper, but it will depend on how the offense does. It’s boom-or-bust overall, but this year is big for Taylor if they plan on keeping him around. If he busts, Herbert time will come at a quicker pace than they first expect.

Season Standings:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs 13-3**
  2. Denver Broncos 8-8
  3. Los Angeles Chargers 7-9
  4. Las Vegas Raiders 6-10

As mentioned before, Kansas City is loading up for a potential dynasty and it will be shown as they will capture the division rather handily. Denver and Chargers will be in a close race for second place, but the AFC West is shaping up to be the only division with one playoff team coming this January.

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