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AFC West Odds: Chiefs Are The Runaway Favorites

The Kansas City Chiefs Lead Odds to Win the AFC West.

We have reached Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season and to nobody’s surprise, the Kansas City Chiefs are the runaway favorite in the AFC West betting odds.

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Bovada is giving the Chiefs -10000 odds to win the AFC West, followed by the Las Vegas Raiders at +1600, the Los Angeles Chargers at +25000 and the Denver Broncos at +25000.

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Odds To Win The AFC West In 2020
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Kansas City Chiefs-10000-350
Las Vegas Raiders+1600+800
Los Angeles Chargers+25000+800
Denver Broncos+25000+800

Odds as of November 25 at Bovada

Kansas City Chiefs: -10000 Odds To Win AFC West

The Chiefs are the class of the AFC West and are the favorites to win Super Bowl 55. Head coach Andy Reid is dialing up plays that are baffling opposing defenses, and their own defensive unit is doing just enough to help the Chiefs sit atop the AFC West.

Patrick Mahomes is the front-runner for the MVP award with 3,035 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The offense has never been an issue with Mahomes and company dominating time of possession and controling games. Mahomes’ favorite target, Travis Kelce, is having a Pro Bowl-level season with 66 receptions, 896 yards and seven touchdowns. Wideout Tyreek Hill is tied for second in the NFL with 10 touchdowns and has caught a score in eight of the team’s 10 games. They have also been bolstered by rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who is having himself an impressive season.

Defensively, the Chiefs are in the middle of the pack in giving up 355.1 yards per game but are seventh in allowing just 21.4 points per contest. While their defense might be their lone impediment, it is worth noting that they are usually up a ton in games, which forces the opposition to throw the ball more often.

At -10000 odds of winning the AFC West, the Chiefs are the clear runaway favorite to win the division. They have a three-game lead over the Raiders and in their final six games face just three playoff contenders in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins. Following last weekend’s win over Las Vegas, the Chiefs have all but locked up a fifth consecutive division win.

Las Vegas Raiders: +1600 Odds To Win AFC West

The Las Vegas Raiders are the only team to defeat Mahomes and the Chiefs this season, and they are also the recipients of the only two interceptions he’s thrown. In his third season as the Raiders head coach, Jon Gruden is making the right calls with his team both offensively and defensively.

On offense, they are led by quarterback Derek Carr, who has 19 touchdown passes and only three interceptions to go along with a 108.7 quarterback rating. He is helped out by running back Josh Jacobs and his nine touchdowns. On the outside, he’s been utilizing tight end Darren Waller as his primary target to go along with Nelson Agholor, who has been rejuvenated in Las Vegas.

On the defensive side of things, there are still some holes that need to be filled, especially when it comes to red-zone efficiency. The Raiders are near the bottom of the league in giving up 27.6 points per game, and if they want to win the division, they’ll have to reduce that number.

The Raiders have the third-easiest strength of schedule remaining with their only competition coming against the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. If the Raiders can win out and finish with a 12-4 record, there is a slight chance they can win the AFC West at +1600 odds.

Los Angeles Chargers: +25000 Odds To Win AFC West

The Chargers have been bitten by a bunch of tough losses, losing on the final play to both the Broncos and Raiders. As a result, they’re 3-7 instead of 5-5 and their chances of winning the division are slim to none.

They have been getting outstanding performances from Justin Herbert, the favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Outside of Herbert, the team relies heavily on wideout Keenan Allen, who had a career-high 16 receptions in last week’s win over the New York Jets. They have missed running back Austin Ekeler, out with a hamstring injury since Week 4. Ekeler has returned to practice and head coach Anthony Lynn is hopeful he can play this week against the Buffalo Bills.

Defensively they are led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Both have missed some time this season and without them, the defense has suffered. The Chargers’ odds of winning the AFC West are currently at +25000, and even if they win out and finish 9-7, it is next to impossible that they win the division.

Denver Broncos: +25000 Odds To Win AFC West

The Broncos are coming off their biggest win of the season against the Dolphins. Even without All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, who is out for the season with a dislocated peroneal tendon, the defense provides a punch.

Linebacker Bradley Chubb is at the forefront of head coach Vic Fangio’s unit and leads the team with 6.5 sacks. Despite Miller’s absence, the defense is ranked 13th in yards allowed per game at 346.3.

Offensively, this team has struggled under quarterback Drew Lock. His 11 interceptions are the second-most in the league behind Carson Wentz. The offense isn’t prolific on the best of days and without top wideout Courtland Sutton, out for the season with ACL and MCL injuries, it’s become pretty enigmatic.

The Broncos have the third-toughest strength of schedule remaining with games against the Chiefs, Raiders, Bills and New Orleans Saints on tap. Like the Chargers, they have +25000 odds to win the AFC West and barring a miracle will finish far behind the Chiefs for the division lead.

Reading AFC West Odds

When you visit your sportsbook of choice, you’ll see AFC West odds laid out like they are in the above table. The team with the lowest odds is the favorite. For instance, if you think the Raiders at +1600 are the team to beat, and you bet $100, you’d get a payout of $1,700 – your original $100 comes back along with your winnings of $1,600.

On the other hand, if you think the Broncos look good at +25000 and believe they’ll shock the Chiefs and snag the AFC West title, that same $100 would give you a payout of $25,100 – your $100 is returned, coupled with your winnings of $25,000.

Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

It’s important to keep in mind that underdogs (in this case, the team with the highest odds) are that way for a reason. Oddsmakers don’t mess around with futures lines – more on that below – because they know how important this kind of bet is to bettors and betting sites alike.

What is a Futures Bet for the AFC West?

This is a bet made on events that have yet to happen. It can be argued that all sports betting is on things that haven’t taken place yet; however, a futures bet can be made weeks or even months in advance.

Prior to the beginning of the NFL season, oddsmakers look at each team’s past records, off-season moves and schedule to set their odds. As the games are played and coaches are fired, players succumb to injuries, and squads climb or fall in the standings, the odds will change. Because of these line movements, we suggest taking odds you like as soon as you see them.