AFC West Division 2010 Odds
The San Diego Chargers have won the AFC West the past four seasons. If all goes as planned this season No. 5 should be in the bag.
The Chargers are -300 favorites to add another AFC West title this season. Unless they completely fall apart, or one of their AFC West brethren surprises, it should happen. San Diego scored the most points in the AFC last season and their offense should be potent again despite losing a few big pieces. LaDainian Tomlinson headed to the Jets, but with Darren Sproles still around, and rookie Ryan Matthews arriving, the running game should be fine. The passing game remains in the capable hands of Philip Rivers, but his receiving corps took a hit. Vincent Jackson led the Chargers in receiving yards and touchdowns last season, but he's currently embroiled in a contract holdout that most experts expect to last all season.
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Without Jackson, Malcolm Floyd takes over the No. 1 role, while Legedu Naanee is expected to break through as the No. 2 man. Don't forget about tight end Antonio Gates, who could be in for a career season with Jackson watching at home. Oakland (+600) JaMarcus Russell's era of terror in Oakland is finally over - now the rebuilding can really begin. Jason Campbell takes over at QB and he should be a major upgrade over the maddeningly inconsistent Russell. Campbell had a solid passing relationship with tight end Chris Cooley in Washington so he should gel with Raiders tight end Zach Miller. His best wideout options should be Chaz Schilens and Johnnie Lee Higgins, unless Darrius Heyward-Bey shows some immediate growth. The Raiders' running game should also improve with the arrival of Campbell. Darren McFadden may finally live up to his potential, and he should also be another passing option for Campbell, a role he lacked while playing with Russell.
Kansas City (+600) The Chiefs continue to try and become the old Patriots. First they hired GM Scott Pioli and traded for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel. Now they've brought in Charlie Weis to run the offense and Romeo Crenell to run the defense. Will it work? Probably not right away at least. Cassel needs to take it to the next level this season or the Chiefs could start looking elsewhere for their future quarterback. The running game looks sound with Jamaal Charles sharing carries with Thomas Jones, while Dwayne Bowe leads what has to be considered a mediocre receiving corps. Denver Broncos (+700) The Broncos started last season 6-0 before going 2-8 the rest of the way to miss the postseason. Not much more is expected from this year's Bronco squad that on paper didn't get any better. Kyle Orton starts the season at QB, but will he finish the season there with Brady Quinn and rookie Tim Tebow backing him up? Losing No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall definitely won't help. Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney will have a hard time filling his shoes. Knowshon Moreno could be poised for a big season if he can stay healthy. The fact that he's already injured in the preseason doesn't bode well though. AFC North Odds AFC West Odds NFC North Odds NFC West Odds NFC South Odds