By the numbers and NFL predictions, there are no bad teams in the AFC West. The transplanted Chargers are listed with the 10th best odds to win the AFC crown, by far the highest odds of any projected last place squad.
Oakland is the favorite and deservedly so, nonetheless, they are not perfect and have flaws. Kansas City is starting to remind everyone of another team Andy Reid coached, Philadelphia, who other than a year or two was never a real threat in the postseason. Remember last year when Denver as the defending Super Bowl champions were gushing about new quarterback Trevor Siemian, now, not so much.
Here is our preseason preview with opinions from some of my sharp betting friends and my thoughts blended in. All the NFL odds listed are courtesy of 5Dimes.
Oakland was ready to challenge New England last year in the AFC and is even more prepared in 2017….Still not sure how good a coach Jack Del Rio is, but he’s much better than he was in Jacksonville….Derek Carr is ready to be Top 5 quarterback and having TE Jared Cook really adds to this offense….The Raiders guard-center-guard combo in the O-Line is the best in the NFL….Defense still worrisome and hard to make prediction unless the secondary is improved and the linebackers begin making plays….Khalil Mack is unreal talent, yet took quite a few plays off in run defense in reviewing film….This is 12-4 team again and easy OVER bet for NFL picks.
Odds to Win the Division (as of 7/26)
Kansas City +235
L.A. Chargers +475
Watching the Chiefs, you are always impressed how many aspects they are sound in, yet with QB Alex Smith under center, he doesn’t place the team in bad spots and he does not make a lot of winning plays.