You can make the case that going into this season, the AFC West is the most talented division in football. That makes predicting where teams end up difficult, as every franchise has the potential to be great.
4. Los Angeles Chargers
This will be the first year since 2004 where the Chargers don’t have Philip Rivers on their roster. With two quarterbacks fighting for the starting job, and both of questionable quality for the position, it’s difficult to evaluate where this team will end up. While the Chargers are incredibly talented at various positions, so is the rest of the division. The difference is the major questions left at quarterback and the offensive line. If those questions are answered with resounding big league play, the Chargers could see the postseason. Especially with that passing defense that is always so good.
Breakout Player – DT Jerry Tillery
3. Las Vegas Raiders
Going into Jon Gruden’s third year in his tenure with the Raiders, we need to see improvement. While last season was promising, it feels like Derek Carr is on his last thread with the team. In addition, there are still concerns surrounding the offensive line. After selecting wide receiver Henry Ruggs in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Raiders are improving their talents on offense. With minimal excuses entering the new season, the Raiders need to find a way to make the AFC Wild Card.
Breakout Player – WR Henry Ruggs
2. Denver Broncos
Speed is going to be what defines this division, and the Broncos have enough of it. With a receiving core that consists of Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and K. J. Hamler, the Broncos should have enough breakaway speed to work with. If all pans out well, second-year quarterback Drew Lock needs to trust his arm. Led by Vic Fangio on defense, the Broncos could have a sleeper roster on their hands.
Breakout Player – QB Drew Lock
1. Kansas City Chiefs
It feels rare to see the reigning Super Bowl Champions get stronger in the offseason. Under the control of head coach Andy Reid, who recently signed an extension, the Chiefs are going to be a difficult team to overcome. With Patrick Mahomes coming off another stellar year, it will take a particular defensive gameplay to overthrow Kansas City. Adding a dynamic rookie running back in Clyde Edwards-Helaire should elevate the play of others on offense. On paper, the Chiefs are talented enough to catapult themselves into a potential dynasty in the AFC for years to come.
Breakout Player – RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire