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AFC West Predictions Put Kansas City Chiefs as Favorite for Division Again in 2019

Mike Esposito
Los Angeles Chargers v Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers v Kansas City Chiefs / Peter Aiken

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The AFC West accounted for two of the six AFC playoff teams last season, and had the only two squads with 12 wins in the conference in 2018. Those were the the division champion Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers.

As one would expect the Chiefs (-165) are the favorites to win the AFC West again in 2019, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Kansas City is followed by the Chargers (+175) and the longshot Denver Broncos (+1100) and Oakland Raiders (+1600).

The Chiefs, who also own the second-best odds to win Super Bowl 54, lost a lot of talent this offseason but have done enough retooling of their roster to maintain their contender status. Specifically trading for defensive end Frank Clark and signing safety Tyrann Mathieu could be enough to keep them atop the AFC West.

The Raiders and Broncos will likely be more competitive this season, but it remains unlikely that either can unseat the Chiefs. The Chargers, on the hand, were a tiebreaker away from winning this division last season.

Ultimately, it looks like the fate of the AFC West will come down to the two games between the Chiefs and the Chargers again in the 2019-20 season.

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