The Kansas City Chiefs entered the 2021 season as the betting favorites to win the Super Bowl, and it’s hard to argue with those odds. Kansas City won the Super Bowl two years ago and was back in the title game last season.
The Kansas City Chiefs
Most assumed that the Chiefs would walk through the AFC West again this season and that would give them the top overall seed when the playoffs begin. Through Week 4 though, the Chiefs were in last place in the division and were the only team that hadn’t won three games.
There is no denying that the Chiefs are loaded with talent once again, but this team doesn’t always play up to their ability each week. Kansas City always seems to be in “coast mode,” and that is going to come back to bite them this season.
It seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Kansas City Chiefs was going to win this division, but that’s not going to be the case. I’m not here to name the AFC West Champion this season, but it will be one of the other three teams that win the crown.
The Chiefs can still go on to win the Super Bowl this season, but their laid-back style and lack of defense is going to cost them in the regular season.
Herbert Looks Legit
If you were going to pick one team to win the AFC West Division outside of the Chiefs than the Chargers would have to be your pick. Los Angeles has already gone into Kansas City and beat the Chiefs, and they just beat the Raiders in LA.
Quarterback Justin Herbert looks like the future face of the NFL and he just continues to light up opposing defenses. The Chargers are able to stop opponents by having a tenacious defensive line, and that will come in handy against divisional opponents as well.
Broncos Going to Defend
The Denver Broncos are way different than any other team in the AL West Division as this team tries to win games on the defensive side of the ball. The rest of the AFC West is looking to score a ton of points, but the Broncos can’t win games that way.
Denver does enjoy a terrific home-field advantage at Mile High Stadium, and that could come into play as the standings continue to be close. Winning in Denver has never been easy for the Chiefs, and the Broncos could play a pivotal role in dethroning the champs.
Raiders Are a Wild Card
The Las Vegas Raiders are 3-1 on the year, but they have outscored their opponents by a grand total of just four points. This team is extremely difficult to figure out, and it’s likely going to be that way throughout the rest of the season.
Quarterback Derek Carr has himself in the MVP conversation through four games, and it’s hard to ignore his talent. The Raiders don’t necessarily run the ball well, but they also don’t even attempt to get the rushing attack going most of the time.
The Raiders feel like the one team that has some serious flaws to hold them back, but this franchise has a history of pulling off some magic.
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