The AFC West is Too Wild For Russell Wilson, Broncos

Patrick Mahomes, Derek Carr, and Justin Herbert beware. The Denver Broncos are adding another star quarterback to the mix, in Russell Wilson, and the AFC West is shaping up to be the best division in football.

No Broncos quarterback has been able to replicate Peyton Manning’s statistics since he retired, so turning to Wilson relays that they are done taking chances.

While he may not be at the top of his game, the ex-Seahawks man will instantly bring discipline and leadership to the locker room.

I’m just not convinced it will be enough.

We’re in for an absolute treat next year, as we get to watch all of these gunslingers play each other twice.

My Early AFC West Power Rankings

4th: Las Vegas Raiders

Despite all of the adversity the Raiders faced last year, they made the playoffs before being knocked out by the Bengals.

New Head Coach, Josh McDaniels, will bring a breath of fresh air to Las Vegas, and I’m excited to see what he could do for Derek Carr’s game.

I’m a massive believer in Derek Carr, and if he can gain a few more weapons, the Raiders could be dangerous. He has never had the support of an unbelievable defense, and the Raiders are only a few more pieces away from having that defense.

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The Raiders are all-in on Carr.

3rd: Denver Broncos

It’s hard to write off Russell Wilson, but the majority of my concerns about the Broncos aren’t related to him. 

Denver will ultimately look to improve their offensive line before addressing defensive holes, and if they spend big on Terron Armstead, the defense will only get weaker. 

They need to address their pass rush, and I don’t think Von Miller is an option, as he will re-sign with the Los Angeles Rams.

All aging quarterbacks need to be backed up by a strong defense, and the Broncos won’t have that. His offensive weapons now are arguably even weaker than they were in Seattle.

The Broncos were 1-5 last season against their three division rivals, and I believe they will face difficulty in divisional matchups again this season and miss out on the playoffs.

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Patrick Mahomes will be a big test for Russ.

2nd: Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert will terrorize this league for years to come, and no one can deny that fact. 

Los Angeles truly hit the jackpot drafting Herbert to be the new face of the organization, and I’m expecting them to make the playoffs next season. They were so unlucky to lose against the Raiders in Week 18 last season, and you can be sure that they will be back with a vengeance.

With Joey Bosa and Derwin James on the defensive side and Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen returning, the Chargers will be significant competitors.

They just need to stay healthy and re-sign Mike Williams, giving Herbert another weapon.

I don’t think they will win the division, but it will still be a very impressive season regardless.

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Justin Herbert is the real deal.

1st: Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City is far too strong for these other three teams, which can be largely attributed to the wizardry of Patrick Mahomes.

The defense is weak, but Mahomes’ ability to scramble and create a ten-yard gain out of thin air is unmatched in the NFL. The Chiefs offense will not slow down next season, and I’m expecting a career year out of Tyreek Hill.

We saw the Chiefs struggle early this season, but once they got their groove, the only man who could stop them was Joe Burrow.

Andy Reid will likely be frustrated with the Chiefs’ inability to win another Super Bowl after their comeback over the San Fransisco 49ers a few years ago and feel like it’s time to get another ring.

The Chiefs will win this incredibly stacked division, but Herbert, Wilson, and Carr will have something to say about it. It will be jaw-dropping cinema to NFL fans, yet heartbreaking for at least one of these AFC West squads.

 


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