NFL Betting Trends – Odds to Win the AFC West
BetOnline has recently released its futures odds to win each of the eight divisions in the NFL for the upcoming season. This week, NFL Betting Trends will breakdown the value in the numbers for the AFC West.
Denver was one overtime score away from going to the AFC Championship last season after cruising through the regular season with an AFC-best 13-3 mark. Behind a revitalized Peyton Manning leading the offense and a shutdown defense that was ranked second overall in the NFL, the Broncos were clearly the most balanced team in the league last season.
Heading into this season there is no real reason to expect anything less from a team that has been opened as a +350 second-favorite to win the AFC this season on BetOnline’s most recent futures odds list. The addition of wide receiver Wes Welker gives Manning another reliable target in the passing game and second round pick Montee Ball adds some depth to the running game. Denver also did a good job at adding depth to both its offensive and defensive line which should pay dividends late in the year. There is a high risk betting on the Broncos to win the AFC West given their current odds, but they clearly stand head and shoulders above the other three teams in this division
The Chiefs only managed to win two games last season and it cost Romeo Crennel his job as head coach. In his place is Andy Reid, who was also let go after a 14-year run in Philadelphia. Looking for a fresh start, Reid brought in Alex Smith from San Francisco and gave his new quarterback some added protection by taking Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in the draft.
Kansas City is just two seasons removed from winning the AFC West in 2010 and still has a roster littered with Pro Bowlers such as running back Jamaal Charles and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. While it would make no real sense to bet on the Chiefs over the Broncos, they could easily win eight or nine games this year.
For the past decade or so San Diego was a perennial favorite to win the AFC West, but after missing the playoffs the last three seasons it has become a middle-of-the-road franchise forced into a rebuilding mode behind new head coach Mike McCoy. The Chargers still have Philip Rivers as their starting quarterback but he is starting to show his age after 10 years in the league.
McCoy decided to focus on rebuilding an offense that finished the 2012 season ranked 31st in the NFL in total yards and 20th in scoring. He started up front by drafting offensive tackle DJ Fluker in the first round of April’s draft and wide receiver Keenan Allen in the third. While San Diego will probably be best known for taking a chance on Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o with the sixth pick of the second round, it has to hope that every new face it brought in will prove to be a step in the right direction.
After providing a glimmer of hope for its loyal but frustrated fans with back-to-back 8-8 seasons in 2010 and 2011, the Raiders slipped back into their black hole with a 4-12 mark in 2012. Gone is quarterback Carson Palmer and host of other underperforming veterans as once again Oakland embarks on a rebuilding process.
Second-year coach Dennis Allen has Matt Flynn penciled-in as his starting quarterback but Oakland also drafted Tyler Wilson in the fourth round. He recently added wide receiver Josh Cribbs as another target on offense after drafting cornerback DJ Hayden with the 12th overall pick in the draft. The Raiders’ odds seem a bit out of whack as compared to San Diego and Kansas City, but they are clearly the low man on the totem poll in this division.
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