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2024 NFL Season AFC West Odds: Reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs heavily favored

The reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs are favored to win the AFC West in 2024, which would be the team's ninth in a row.

The Chiefs have won the AFC West every year since 2016. Before the Chiefs' spell of dominance, the Denver Broncos won the division five times in a row, from 2011 to 2015.

The Los Angeles Chargers won the division four times in a row in the mid-2000s, while the Las Vegas Raiders haven't won it since 2002, when the team was still located in Oakland, California.

NFL AFC West 2024 - To Win Division

KC Chiefs

-250

LA Chargers

+325

LV Raiders

+1000

DEN Broncos

+1600

Kansas City Chiefs -250

As long as the Kansas City Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes under center, they will at least be among the favorites to win the division. While the team lost star cornerback L'Jarius Sneed in a trade with his contract about to expire, they managed to re-sign tight end Travis Kelce and defensive tackle Chris Jones.

The key addition of the offseason is first-round draft selection Xavier Worthy from Texas, who ran a 4.21-second 40-yard dash at the 2024 NFL Draft Combine.

Kansas City was plagued by their receivers consistently dropping passes last year, so the team hopes the additions of Worthy and free agent Marquise "Hollywood" Brown fix that issue.

For the most part, the Chiefs are returning with the same group they won the NFL Championship with at the end of last season. That's a scary prospect for the rest of the division and the league as a whole.

Los Angeles Chargers +325

The Los Angeles Chargers underwent a lot of change in the offseason, most notably bringing in reigning college football national champion head coach Jim Harbaugh in as the franchise's new head coach.

The ground-and-pound style Harbaugh used at Michigan isn't a match with the arm strength of franchise QB Justin Herbert, but Harbaugh said he took the job in part for the opportunity to work with Herbert.

LA let both of its two highly-paid receivers leave this offseason, as they cut Mike Williams and traded Keenan Allen to the Chicago Bears. Draft choices Ladd McConkey and Brendan Rice will be two of the players tasked with replacing their production, along with newly-signed tight end Hayden Hurst.

The Chargers also brought in two new running backs in Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins, they drafted a star offensive lineman in Joe Alt, and they have solid contributors already on the team who are 25 or younger in Asante Samuel Jr., Tuli Tuipulotu, Josh Palmer and Ja'Sir Taylor.

Las Vegas Raiders +1000

The Las Vegas Raiders signed Gardner Minshew to be the team's starting quarterback in 2024, meaning that they want to build out the team before finding their franchise QB. They were a favorite to move up in the first round of the 2024 draft but instead stayed put and selected star Georgia tight end Brock Bowers.

In addition to Bowers, Minshew also has receivers Davante Adams, Jakobi Meyers and Michael Gallup to throw the ball to. Alexander Mattison will lead the backfield with Ameer Abdullah or Zamir White getting some carries as well.

The defense should be the Raiders' strong suit under former linebacker and current head coach Antonio Pierce. Former Miami Dolphins standout Christian Wilkins was signed to join Maxx Crosby on the defensive line, and they'll have Divine Deablo, Robert Spillane, Tre'Von Moehrig and Nate Hobbs behind them.

Denver Broncos +1600

It appears that Bo Nix, who the Denver Broncos selected 12th-overall in the 2024 NFL Draft, is the team's QB of the future. Denver entered the draft with Zach Wilson, Jarrett Stidham and Ben DiNucci as the players in their QB room, and while neither fans nor experts expected Nix to get picked that high, it shows the Broncos believe in the former Oregon QB.

At Oregon, Nix mostly made short throws and let his receivers make plays with the ball. It seems he will play the same way early in his Broncos career, especially with a solid receiver group in Courtland Sutton, Marvin Mims Jr. and Lil'Jordan Humphrey - as well as new draft pick and Nix's former top receiver at Oregon Troy Franklin - surrounding him.

Nix is certainly going to experience growing pains in his first NFL season, which helps explain the team's odds. And, while they have defensive playmakers in Pat Surtain II and Ja'Quan McMillian, the unit returns many of the same players that led it to finish sixth-worst in points allowed and fourth-worst in yards allowed.

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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