AFC West Odds
Here's our rundown on what has happened in the offseason for all of the AFC West teams and their odds to win the AFC West as listed at bodog
Denver Broncos (+1000)
Lost – RB Correll Buckhalter, WR Jabar Gaffney, TE Daniel Graham, OT Ryan Harris, DT Jamal Williams, CB Chevis Jackson, FS Renaldo Hill.
The Broncos are transitioning to a 4-3 defense and that's the right move based on their personnel. They have added three former 1st-round picks to their D-line and spent six of their nine draft picks (including 4 of their first 5) on defensive players. They ranked 32nd in total defense, sacks and points allowed last year so they have their hands full. The offense has been about the QB position where Tim Tebow has been told he's the man and then he's second string. Now he may not be even that. This turmoil has affected the team and they will have dissension if they don't remedy this situation. Not a contender.
Kansas City Chiefs (+450)
Lost – WR Chris Chambers, TE Brad Cottam, G Brian Waters, DL Shaun Smith, DL Ron Edwards, OLB Mike Vrabel.
The Chiefs were the surprise winners of the division last year but didn't stand pat. Breaston and Baldwin give QB Matt Cassel two more weapons and Hudson strengthens the interior line. Gregg is a strong addition who can mentor the young D-linemen and provide stability at the most important position of the 3-4. Kansas City has a much tougher schedule than last season and face five-straight playoff teams from 2010 late in the season. The Chiefs should be in the hunt for the division title but we don't see them repeating as champs. Still, this is an improving team and is another draft and a few key FAs away from being real threats
Oakland Raiders (+600)
Lost – QB Bruce Gradkowski, WR Johnnie Lee Higgins, TE Zach Miller, G Robert Gallery, OLB Thomas Howard, CB Nnamdi Asomugha.
Oakland was very quiet in free agency as they saw more talent leave than what they acquired. They had salary cap issues and didn't do much to keep any of their FA losses. The Raiders finally achieved a level of respectability last season and then fired their head coach. Oakland used the draft to address the O-line, the secondary and the receiving corps. The Raiders ranked 2nd in rushing and pass defense last season but they still have issues with run defense. Oakland is drawing some love from prognosticators but they have a tough schedule and won't win the division.
San Diego Chargers (-250)
Lost – RB Darren Sproles, WR Buster Davis, WR Legedu Naanee, ILB Brandon Siler, ILB Kevin Burnett, CB Donald Strickland.
San Diego accomplished a dubious mark last season that had never been done before in NFL history. They ranked No.1 in both total offense and defense yet failed to win their division or even make the playoffs. Shoddy special teams play cost them anywhere from 2-4 games (depending on who you ask in the organization). The Chargers used the draft to add a real nice piece to their D-line in Liuget and several players who should help them on special teams. The days of this team having the best talent in the league are over but they are the divisional favorite and could be a tough out in the playoffs.
AFC West Odds
Odds avaialble at bodog
- San Diego Chargers -250
- Kansas City Chiefs +450
- Oakland Raiders +600
- Denver Broncos +1000