Superbowl 2018 is now on the horizon and there is no better time than the start of the NFL regular season to lock-in your futures wagers on Superbowl 52 favorites.
The AFC West had one of the toughest division races in the NFL last season, with the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs winning 12 games and the Denver Broncos coming in third with nine wins. This year, the division is expected to still be tough, but it likely won’t be as good as it was last year.
Here is a quick look at the AFC West
Denver Broncos Betting Odds
A year after winning the Super Bowl, the Broncos won nine games but failed to make the playoffs due to their inexperienced quarterbacks and their inconsistent running game. This year, Denver has a new head coach and Trevor Siemian has more experience.
The Broncos are projected to win 8.5 games, but with their dominant defense and an offense that is going to be better than it was last season, there’s no reason they shouldn’t win more than nine games.
Kansas City Chiefs Wagering Line
The Chiefs are the defending AFC West Champions, but they likely aren’t going to be as good as they were last year after losing running back Jamaal Charles and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Kansas City is projected to win nine games, but they have a schedule that features seven playoff teams from last year so I doubt they will be able to win more than nine games this season.
Los Angeles Chargers Betting Odds
The Chargers finished at the bottom of the division last year, but I think they are the sleeper team in the division this year. Melvin Gordon showed he was worth the pick the Chargers spent on him in 2015 and Antonio Gates and Keenan Allen are both expected back from injury, so the Chargers will have plenty of fire power.
The Chargers are projected to win 7.5 games this season, but I expect them to win more especially if their defense improves this season.
Oakland Raiders Wagering Line
Oakland is the most talented team in the division and will likely win the AFC West this year. With Derek Carr expected to be back for the start of the season and Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, Oakland will be a tough opponent for defenses to stop this year.
The Raiders are projected to win 10 games this season, but I expect them to win more than 10 games and make a deep playoff run.