1. Chiefs (11-5)
2. Chargers (11-5)
3. Broncos (7-9)
4. Raiders (6-10)
Once again, it’ll be the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers battling it out for first place in the AFC West. And once again, the Chargers will have to settle for a wild-card berth despite putting double-digit victories on the board.
For me, Melvin Gordon could shift the division in the Chargers’ favor, but only if he plays. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, the Pro Bowl running back has requested a trade. With Gordon set to become a free agent in 2020, is it possible Gordon will sit out the entire season like Le’Veon Bell did in 2018?
Patrick Mahomes is a superstar, but there’s surely no way he can match last season’s total of 50 touchdown passes. That tied second place in NFL history for single-season TD passes. If we are to expect Mahomes’ numbers to drop just a bit, and with the Chiefs’ shaky defense, 11 wins feels about right.
Eleven wins is enough for both the Chiefs and Chargers to return to the postseason. The Denver Broncos finish just under .500 in Vic Fangio’s first season as head coach, but the Oakland Raiders add just two wins to their 2018 total.