2. No Other Team is Up to Snuff
Look, say all that you want about what the Broncos did this offseason, especially in the draft, but there’s no way they’re anywhere close to contending with the Chiefs. Denver will be heavily relying on Drew Lock taking the next step and becoming the quarterback they hope he can be, but he’s played in just five games.
There’s film on Lock now and that’s going to make things much tougher for him in year two. Not to mention that the one time Lock played against a good defense, which was against the Chiefs, he did not fare well.
It was only two years ago that the Chargers were going toe-to-toe with Kansas City in the division and handed them a late season loss. Both teams finished with a 12-4 record in 2018, but the advantage went to the Chiefs, who won their then-third division title.
While Los Angeles still has that dominant defense that helped them be such a good team in 2018, their offense has a new look at the game’s most important position – Quarterback. That’s going to set them back and while they’ll be better than they were a season ago, they won’t come close to winning the AFC West.
Last, but not least we have the Raiders, who are heading into their first year as Las Vegas residents. In 2016, the Raiders and Chiefs both finished with a 12-4 record and, in all honesty, the Raiders should have been 13-3 that year and won the AFC West. A late season injury to Derek Carr ruined their chances of winning their first division title in over a decade.
A lot has changed since then for the Raiders though, as Carr getting injured wouldn’t hurt the team that badly now. There’s even a chance that Marcus Mariota takes over the reins for the Raiders at some point during the 2020 season.
The Raiders are more than likely going to be the worst team in the division and don’t have a shot at contending with the Chiefs.
The Chiefs have far and away the best quarterback in the division and with how much this league revolves around being able to throw the ball, Kansas City’s domination shouldn’t be shocking.