2019 NFL Preview- AFC West Edition

Denver Broncos

In the offseason team, President John Elway said he wanted a coach that was a mastermind in his particular area. It didn’t matter whether that was offensively or defensively. Insert Vic Fangio, the mastermind behind the 49ers defensive masterpiece that resulted in 3 consecutive trips to the NFC Championship Game.

Trade Case Keenum and insert Joe Flacco at starting quarterback spot and Elway believes this is a championship formula for success, right? Wrong. Flacco hasn’t had a good season since Jim Caldwell was his offensive coordinator and he truly isn’t a true leader. He has no passion for the game, nor does he have any interest in grooming his replacement because that’s not his job apparently. But the Broncos do have some good things going for them as well. A healthy Emmanuel Sanders and Phillip Lindsey to go with defensive studs Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. This is a team who should give most teams a game every week.

Ceiling: 9-7
Floor: 4-12

Las Vegas Raiders

Yes we are going to go ahead and start calling them the Las Vegas Raiders because they aren’t playing in Oakland anymore. This team had a great offseason acquiring Antonio Brown, Trent Brown, and adding rookie running back Josh Jacobs to mix. This all should help Derek Carr re-establish himself as a top 15 quarterback in the league. This teams Achilles heel will be its 32nd overall defense.

Paul Gunther’s defense last year was terrible, the worst Paul Gunther coached defense I’ve ever seen and I give them credit by recognizing change was needed. Adding a guy like Vontez Burfict gives them attitude but that is not going to be enough this season.

Ceiling: 8-8
Floor: 5-11

Los Angeles Chargers

Anthony Lynn and company snuck up on the NFL last season and were in contention for the top seed in the AFC. However, a regular season loss at home to the Ravens would end that pipe dream.

This team did avenge its loss to the Ravens in the Wild Card round in Baltimore but once they took the trip up to Foxborough they were exposed in the worst way by the Patriots. I mean this game wasn’t even close. The offense looked terrible and the defense looked even worse. Thankful for the Chargers there’s only one team I really see them having to contend with in the division this year. They have a favorable schedule, but this team is going to have to overcome adversity to be successful.

Ceiling: 10-6
Floor: 8-8

Kansas City Chiefs

And there was one. This team got robbed of a Super Bowl appearance last year. Let’s look at the bigger picture, last year this team took arguably the worst defense into the playoffs. So what does Andy Reid do? He fires Bob Sutton and replaces him with Steve Spagnola. Replaces Dee Ford with Frank Clark.

This team is going to live or die on the arms and legs of Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is going to have to prove to the world his magical season last year wasn’t a fluke, but he’s going to have to do it with Kareem Hunt and potentially without Tyreek Hill for a few games. I believe this man is more than capable of doing so with a healthy Sammy Watkins and an angry Carlos Hyde to go with playmaking tight end Travis Kelce this team is still the Kingpin of the AFC West.

Ceiling: 14-2
Floor: 10-6

Justin Patterson