Why the Broncos will win the AFC West

The Denver Broncos have had arguably one of the best offseasons in the NFL. Acquiring their franchise quarterback in Russell Wilson as well as adding key pieces on defense. Denver is seen as a playoff team by many, but the question is, can they win the AFC West?

The Broncos’ biggest competition

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have dominated Denver for multiple seasons. While the Broncos have had some close games with the Chiefs, they haven’t beaten them since 2015. The Broncos will be going up against new faces, as the Chiefs traded away Tyreek Hill in the off-season. To replace Hill, they signed JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Chiefs’ notable off-season additions:

  • Drafted: CB Trent McDuffie, DE George Karlaftis, WR Skyy Moore, S Bryan Cook, LB Leo Chenal, CB Joshua Williams, OT Darian Kinnard, CB Jaylen Watson, RB Isaiah Pachecho, S Nazeeh Johnson.
  • Signed: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster to a one-year deal worth $10.75 million, WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling to a three-year deal worth up to $36 million, S Justin Reid to a three-year, $31.5 million deal with $20 million guaranteed, and signed RB Ronald Jones.

While the Chiefs lost key players in Tyreek Hill and Tyrann Mathieu, they still managed to have a great draft as well as fill the holes in their roster.

Los Angeles Chargers

Next in the AFC West, are the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers were a solid team last season, as they finished 9-8 and a game-winning field goal away from the playoffs. The offense was ranked top 5, but the defense was ranked the 10th worst defense in the league. The Chargers’ front office knew that there were changes needed on defense, and they did just that.

Notable off-season additions:

  • Acquired: LB Kahlil Mack, in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick (No 48 overall) and a 2023 sixth-round selection.
  • Signed: CB J.C. Jackson to a five-year, $82.5 million deal with $40 million guaranteed, DL Sebastian Joseph-Day to a three-year, $24 million deal, and TE Gerald Everett to a contract.
  • Drafted: G Zion Johnson, S JT Woods, RB Isaiah Spiller, DT Otito Ogbonnia, G Jamaree Salyer, CB Ja’Sir Taylor, DB Deane Leonard, FB Zander Horvath.

The Chargers put together a fantastic off-season. The defense was improved drastically, and the offense will only improve with a young superstar in Justin Herbert.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders made one of the biggest off-season acquisitions, as they traded for superstar WR Davante Adams. The Raiders also hired a new head coach, Josh McDaniels. Last season the Raiders made the playoffs but lost to the Bengals in the wild-card round.

Notable off-season additions:

  • Acquired: WR Davante Adams, in exchange for a first-round pick (No. 22 overall) and a second-round pick (No. 53 overall) in the 2022 NFL Draft.
  • Drafted: G Dylan Parham, RB Zamir White, DT Neil Farrell Jr, DT Matthew Butler, OT Thayer Munford, RB  Brittain Brown.
  • Signed: EDGE Chandler Jones to a 3-year deal worth $51 million, Davante Adams to a five-year contract extension, worth $28.5 million a season.

Overall, the Raiders had a good off-season. They made two big moves, acquiring Davante Adams and signing Chandler Jones. The Raiders also signed some depth pieces to fill out their rosters.

Why the Denver Broncos will win the West

Now that the Broncos have Russell Wilson, the offense is much improved for the upcoming season. One of the biggest reasons the Broncos acquired Wilson was because he is a proven winner and knows what it takes to win. Russell Wilson also knows what it’s like competing in a very competitive division.

Denver also has a lot of young players who are ready to break out this season. These players include Jerry Jeudy, Javonte Williams, Patrick Surtain Jr. and Quinn Meinerz. The Broncos’ offense will be able to put up a lot of points, which was something their previous offense struggled with.

Along with having a top offense, the Broncos’ defense remains elite. They have very good depth all around on defense and added key players to the defensive line in Randy Gregory and D.J. Jones.

Overall, the Broncos will be in a very competitive division, as well as a very competitive conference. They are a very well-balanced team with veteran experience, an elite quarterback, as well as young breakout stars.

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