Depending on what year you’re watching, you can see The AFC West be the most difficult or the weakest division in the NFL. Starting in 2008, division winners have been getting into the playoffs with .500 or worse records in regular season play. It is, however, the NFL’s winningest division, on a total year-by-year basis. Each and every team in it has an all time winning record over .500. They have also sent an amazing 14 teams to the Super Bowl.
The division is made up of four teams in the Denver Broncos, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Oakland Raiders, and the San Diego Chargers. Each of the 4 teams won the division in the first four years of the NFL’s realignment: Oakland won in 2002, Kansas City won in 2003, San Diego won in 2004 and Denver took the division in 2005.
NFL AFC West Scores And Standings
Here’s a glance at the AFC West Standings. Keep track of the division leaders, the cellar dwellers and follow who’s on the move.
Bet On NFL AFC West Games
Let’s start with the Broncos. The D is so strong in Denver that many experts still have them placing as high as 5th. When you win a championship and your best player retires, you’re expected to fall off quite a bit. But this won’t be a traditional rebuilding process. They have most of the pieces they need to win a championship, but a big question mark at QB.
Elsewhere the Chiefs are good, but just good. The team is expected to make the playoffs this year, but getting back to round 2 will be a stretch, but it’s doable.
Meanwhile, you can expect another missed post-season for the Chargers this year. Even when at full-strength, this team lacks the man-power to compete in their division, or make the playoffs. Granted health has been a weakness lately. The team was crushed by injuries last year, but even when healthy, they aren’t a lock for the playoffs.
And finally, The Raiders are way too weak on both sides of the ball to even talk about a .500 season, much less find the playoffs. Although, they will likely improve. They will also need to retain their coaching staff for more than a few seasons to actually build a winner.
This looks to be the Broncos’ territory until someone else wants to step up and take it from them.