Jan 12, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt (2) against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

AFC West Odds

Breaking down odds to win AFC West in 2020

It may be that the Chiefs are THAT good or it may be that the rest of the division is THAT medicore. With that in mind, let’s break down divisional odds in the Kansas City Chief-owned AFC West at BetRivers Sportsbook. 

Kansas City Chiefs (-455)

You’re not going to make much money betting on the defending Super Bowl champions to win a so-so division in 2019, but it’s also the closest thing there is to a lock in this NFL-betting realm. The Chiefs won the West by a five-game margin in 2019, and that was despite the fact superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes wasn’t healthy for much of the year. Mahomes is healthy now, the roster looks extremely strong despite a few losses, and Kansas City should again dominate in 2020.

Los Angeles Chargers (+800)

In another division, the talented Chargers would definitely be worth it at +800. But with Philip Rivers gone, rookie quarterback Justin Herbert likely to require time for marination after a limited initial NFL offseason and star safety Derwin James out for the season due to a knee injury, it’s not likely in the cards for the Bolts.

Denver Broncos (+900)

If you’re morbidly looking to bet on somebody else in the West with in case the football gods hit the Chiefs with season-crippling injuries, the Broncos are the better candidate than Los Angeles. There are too many question marks surrounding the Chargers, while there’s a lot of optimism regarding a Denver team that went 4-1 down the stretch with potential franchise quarterback Drew Lock in 2019. Lock now has far more support than he did then, and the defense — which will get young stud Bradley Chubb back from injury — has added A.J. Bouye and Jurrell Casey in support of Chubb and Von Miller.

Las Vegas Raiders (+1200)

This isn’t a terrible bet either considering the odds, but you’re absolutely betting on morbid chaos, particularly in Kansas City. The Raiders do have the talent to compete on both sides of the ball, but a lot has to come together. There are too many “ifs” surrounding this team from head to toe.

Predicted winner: Kansas City — I doubt you’ll find a single outlet, analyst or pundit who would be willing to pick anybody else to win this thing in 2020.

Where the AFC West odds value’s at: Denver and Las Vegas — Lock and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr both have the capability to lead the way in big seasons, and both have decent enough supporting casts as well. Denver has more weapons on defense but is drawing odds that aren’t as enticing. Either way, you’re likely throwing away money unless the poop hits the fan in K.C.

Don’t touch with a 10-foot pole: Los Angeles — It’s beginning to look like another Murphy’s Law year for the Bolts. Don’t put your money on Tyrod Taylor and a questionable offensive line.

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. He was a lead contributor to an earlier incarnation of NationalFootballPost.com and was happy to return when new management revived the brand in 2020. Based in Toronto, he's covered the NFL since 2008 and has been a national NFL writer at Bleacher Report since 2012. He despises all 32 NFL teams equally but remains a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors. He can be reached at Brad@NationalFootballPost.com