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2018 AFC West Preview

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You’re at the home page for our 2018 AFC West preview, featuring the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and Los Angeles Chargers. This page is designed to link you to each team’s preview and to also provide you a quick synopsis of each team’s strengths and weaknesses. Plus, you’ll find our projected order of finish as well as links back to our AFC and NFL hubs. Visit Betting Brain regularly for updates, great free picks and more.

AFC West- 2017 Season

Last season, it was the Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) with Alex Smith at the helm taking first in the AFC West. The Chiefs had the best passing offense in the league, but their D was deficient. The Los Angeles Chargers (9-7), who offered a balance of offense and defense, finished strong enough to end up in second place. But they did not make the postseason. After that, it was the Oakland Raiders (6-10) limping into third. The stragglers in this scenario were the Denver Broncos (5-11). In 2017, both the Raiders and Broncos had a tough time on both sides of the ball.

2018 AFC West Preview: Teams

Check out each AFC West team below, as we provide you with important bullet points to consider. This shorthand will give you a quick but accurate assessment of each team. As the season develops, make sure you use the most recent data and information available before making any NFL wager. You can always utilize the information in our previews as foundation elements when handicapping.

Denver Broncos

  • QB Case Keenum may be the key
  • Receiving group strong, includes Demaryius Thomas
  • O-line, which was huge problem last year, improved
  • Rush attack questionable
  • Defense is still strong
  • Top-notch LBs
  • Second-year coach Joseph looks to do better than 5-11

Kansas City Chiefs

  • QB Mahomes becomes the starter as Mr. Smith goes to Washington
  • WR Tyreek Hill leads a very deep group
  • RB Kareem Hunt back after +1,000 YD rookie season
  • Good O-line but not great
  • Can D cut down on yardage allowed?
  • LB unit best on D side of ball
  • Veteran coach Andy Reid always has something up his sleeve

Los Angeles Chargers

  • QB Phillip Rivers ably runs well stocked offense
  • O-line one of best in NFL
  • RBs and WRs both deep
  • Will D stop opponent ground attacks this season?
  • Pass defense is intimidating
  • Has placekicking dilemma been solved?
  • Coach Anthony Lynn starts second season with a strong team

Oakland Raiders

  • QB Derek Carr needs to have a rebound season
  • RB Marshawn Lynch can still bring it
  • WR Crabtree gone, Nelson in
  • Offensive line is sound
  • Deep backs best part of questionable D
  • LB unit will be tested
  • He’s back- John Gruden

Projected Order of Finish

Our 2018 AFC West Preview sees the following order of finish:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Los Angeles Chargers
  3. Denver Broncos
  4. Oakland Raiders

Final Thoughts- 2018 AFC West Preview

As the season makes its way through the first month, our 2018 AFC West Preview will prove to be helpful. At the same time, as the season progresses, be sure to reference it, as well as other pages at other sites, to get a balanced view of each club. Our analysis is focused on making sure that avid sports bettors can access the data and information they need. Also, as the season progresses, make sure that you check in with Betting Brain daily to read up on professional football news, get free picks, and use our various features. We have all of the information that NFL bettors want and need.

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Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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