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AFC West Odds: It’s The Chiefs And Everyone Else

Odds to Win the AFC West

With many people in self-isolation and nearly all sports on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has a chance to take center stage with its offseason festivities. Free agency is still in its infancy and the draft looms but the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are the clear-cut favorites at -350 to win the 2020 AFC West Division.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has the Chiefs leading the pack at -350 followed by the Denver Broncos at +800, the Las Vegas Raiders at +800 and the Los Angeles Chargers at +800 to round out the field.

Odds to Win the AFC West
Kansas City Chiefs-350
Denver Broncos+800
Las Vegas Raiders+800
Los Angeles Chargers+800

Odds as of March 19 at BetOnline

Kansas City Chiefs (-350)

Kansas City has arguably the best quarterback in the league in Patrick Mahomes. The reigning Super Bowl MVP is entering just the third year of his career as a starter and although he had a bit of a step back statistically last year, he was battling a knee injury that kept him out of two games.

The team still has its main wide receiver targets in Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. However, the run game will look a little different as tailbacks LeSean McCoy, Spencer Ware and Anthony Sherman have all left via free agency, while Damien Williams returns and former New York Jet Elijah McGuire, a third-year back, was signed. The defense is also relatively intact so overall it’s no surprise to see the Super Bowl champs heavily favored to win their division.

Denver Broncos (+800)

I like what the Denver Broncos are building. Last year, there was turmoil at the quarterback position, but Missouri alum Drew Lock looked fairly good in the final five games of the season – the only five he started. The team won four of those games and he had a respectable 7-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Additionally, No. 1 WR Courtland Sutton had a breakout sophomore season, collecting 1,112 receiving yards on 72 receptions and six touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl selection. Meanwhile, rookie tight end Noah Fant also had a strong end to his season, pulling in 377 of his total 562 receiving yards in the final half of the season. I’d like to see Denver go after a wide receiver in the draft, perhaps Henry Ruggs III with the 15th overall pick, and then perhaps a corner in the second round. This team could turn heads quickly.

Las Vegas Raiders (+800)

In a noodle-scratching transaction, the newly located Raiders signed former Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota to be the backup to Derek Carr, but could that create a QB controversy? I don’t like the move. Carr had a slightly better season statistically than he did the previous year, though his penchant for throwing interceptions at inopportune times continued, and I’m not sure what Mariota does to better the team.

Las Vegas also brought in veteran tight end Jason Witten, which is a little surprising after Darren Waller burst onto the scene last year for 90 catches, 1,145 yards and three touchdowns. I did like that the Raiders bolstered their defense with the signing of cornerback Eli Apple and strong safety Jeff Heath. Overall, it is an odd start to free agency in my eyes for the Raiders and there will have to be quite a change for them to contend for the division title.

Los Angeles Chargers (+800)

Week 1 will look quite different without veteran QB Philip Rivers under center. The 38-year-old left via free agency and was signed by the Indianapolis Colts. At this time, it appears the starting quarterback will be Tyrod Taylor, who is now on his fourth team after failed stints in Baltimore, Buffalo and Cleveland. The Chargers did franchise-tag tight end Hunter Henry and re-signed running back Austin Ekeler to hold down the fort.

Two signings that I really like by Los Angeles thus far is bringing in longtime Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga and former Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris. The Chargers have the sixth overall pick in the upcoming draft and it appears they will be targeting a QB, perhaps Oregon’s Justin Herbert or Utah State’s Jordan Love. I think this team is going to have some struggles regardless of who the starting QB is and I don’t like their outlook at this point.

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 Chiefs at -350 are the team to beat, and you bet $100, you’d get a payout of $128.57 – your original $100 comes back along with your winnings of $28.57.

On the other hand, if you think the Broncos look good at +800 and believe they’ll shock the Chiefs and snag the AFC West title, that same $100 would give you a payout of $900 – your $100 is returned, coupled with your winnings of $800.

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.