AFC West

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1. Kansas City Chiefs

This division is stacked, but it’s hard to imagine the Chiefs not coming out on top again.

2. Los Angeles Chargers

They are determined to duplicate what the LA Rams have done since moving back to Los Angeles.

3. Las Vegas Raiders

A massive regime change along with the acquisition of WR Davante Adams has Vegas thinking of making a deep playoff run.

4. Denver Broncos

I wouldn’t be surprised if they clinch a playoff spot and it’s mainly because Russell Wilson is now the quarterback.

Head Coach: Andy Reid

Key Position: Defense

There were some glaring issues on the defense last season. For one, they only totaled 31 sacks and were 27th in pass defense. Aside from DT Chris Jones, DE Frank Clark has to be better than the 4.5 sack total from last season. They used their two first round picks to draft Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis to bolster this defense. Signing Justin Reid was a solid pickup and fills the void left by Tyrann Mathieu’s departure in free agency.

Key Acquisitions: DE Carlos Dunlap (Seattle Seahawks), RB Ronald Jones (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), S Justin Reid (Houston Texans), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers), WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Green Bay Packers)

Key Rookies: CB Trent McDuffie, DE George Karlaftis, WR Skyy Moore, S Bryan Cook, LB Leo Chenal

Head Coach: Brandon Staley

Key Position: Defense

Stopping the run, rushing the quarterback and causing turnovers were all major problems for the defense and partly why they didn’t clinch a playoff spot. All of that should be remedied this season with J.C. Jackson and Bryce Callahan added to the secondary. Khalil Mack playing opposite Joey Bosa in pass rushing situations. And signing Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson to help stop the opponents rushing attack.

Key Acquisitions: CB Bryce Callahan (Denver Broncos), WR DeAndre Carter (Washington Commanders), TE Gerald Everett (Seattle Seahawks), CB J.C. Jackson (New England Patriots), DT Sebastian Joseph-Day (LA Rams), DE/LB Khalil Mack (Chicago Bears), RB Sony Michel (Miami Dolphins), LB Kyle Van Noy (New England Patriots), DT Austin Johnson (NY Giants)

Key Rookies: OG Zion Johnson, S JT Woods

Head Coach: Josh McDaniels (New England Patriots)

Key Position: Running Back

This is a make or break year for Josh Jacobs. The former first round pick of the previous regime for Vegas had an up and down year last season. He’ll be a free agent at seasons end. If injuries or inconsistency plague him this season, look for rookie Zamir White to get plenty of opportunities.

Key Acquisitions: WR Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers), CB Anthony Averett (Baltimore Ravens), RB Brandon Bolden (New England Patriots), DB Duron Harmon (Atlanta Falcons), FB Jakob Johnson (New England Patriots), DE Chandler Jones (Arizona Cardinals), DT Bilal Nichols (Chicago Bears), CB Rock Ya-Sin (Indianapolis Colts), LB Jayon Brown (Tennessee Titans)

Key Rookies: OG Dylan Parham, RB Zamir White

Head Coach: Nathaniel Hackett (Green Bay Packers)

Key Position: Quarterback

There is no denying that with Russell Wilson’s arrival to Denver he immediately puts them in playoff contention. With the defense they have, led by their elite secondary unit, the Broncos will be a tougher opponent to beat. Wilson has plenty of talent around him with a pair of capable running backs in Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon. To Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and KJ Hamler in the receiving corps. Losing WR Tim Patrick to injury in camp will hurt, but that means more is expected of the three previously mentioned receivers to pick up the slack.

Key Acquisitions: DE/LB Randy Gregory (Dallas Cowboys), DT D.J. Jones (San Francisco 49ers), LB Alex Singleton (Philadelphia Eagles), OL Billy Turner (Green Bay Packers), CB K’Waun Williams (San Francisco 49ers), QB Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)

Key Rookies: LB Nik Bonitto, TE Greg Dulcich

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