Odds to win the AFC West: Chiefs stay favourites despite loss
The Chiefs' Week 3 disaster didn't change their odds much. Photo by Michael Conroy/AP

With Russell Wilson going to the Denver Broncos and Davante Adams landing in Las Vegas this offseason, the AFC West looked like the class of the NFL entering the season.

As Denver has failed to impress, the Raiders have fallen to 0-3 and Justin Herbert has suffered a rib injury, that no longer seems like an accurate characterization.

The latest: The Kansas City Chiefs have ruled this division for years, and a Week 2 win against the Los Angeles Chargers has them in the driver's seat.

An upset loss to the Indianapolis Colts was a setback, but it didn't really move their odds. The Broncos' 2-1 record has moved them up the board, even as their play has been lacklustre.

Here are the latest AFC West odds.

AFC West odds

Check out the latest odds to win the AFC West. Click linked odds to add selection to your betslip.

TeamOddsOdds on September 19
Kansas City Chiefs-114-112
Denver Broncos+260+350
Los Angeles Chargers+350+260
Las Vegas Raiders+1,600+1,400

Odds as of 1:01 p.m. on 09/26/2022.

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The favourite: Chiefs (-114)

Normally when a team has a future Hall of Fame coach, an MVP-calibre quarterback and six consecutive division titles in its rearview mirror that squad gets prohibitive favourite status.

The fact Kansas City didn't before the season goes to show how talented the AFC West has become. It also reflects how skepticism crept in as the Chiefs struggled against two-high defences at times in 2021 and traded world-class speed threat Tyreek Hill in the offseason.

While Hill's departure is significant, the Chiefs offence has been solid. There may come a time where they miss the world-class speed threat, but as long as Mahomes is at the helm, this offence is just fine.

At this point, the team's offensive effort in their Week 3 loss to the Colts is best understood as a fluke occurrence.

The defence is more of a question mark, but it's too early to make any snap judgments. On the plus side, rookie edge rusher George Karlaftis has looked like an impact player thus far.

Banking an early-season win over the Chargers was a boon to this club's chances of winning the division, but they just held serve at home. The next divisional game on the schedule for the Chiefs is their second battle with the Chargers on November 20.

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Best value: Chargers (+350)

The Chargers haven't won a division title since 2009, but that could change this year. That said, it will only change if Herbert can get healthy.

Herbert is dealing with fractured cartilage in his ribs, and it's unclear when or if he'll be 100% again. Betting on Los Angeles at this point implies a presumption that he's going to be fine when there's plenty of uncertainty about that right now.

From a pure roster strength perspective, there's still plenty to like about the Chargers, though.

Los Angeles had a significant talent influx over the offseason, specifically on the defensive side of the ball where they added Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson.

The pass rush duo of Mack and Joey Bosa is one of the NFL's best. It looks like coach Brandon Staley — who's seen as one of the league's best defensive minds — finally has the horses to unleash the schemes he had so much success with while coaching the Los Angeles Rams.

On offence, the team has solid core skill position players like Mike Williams, Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler and an improved offensive line thanks to the addition of first-round pick Zion Johnson.

The Chargers have lost consecutive games, and a brutal defeat at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3 has the NFL world down on their chances. This could be rock bottom for a group with potential, or it could be one of a series of disappointments.

Team to watch: Broncos (+260)

Denver is a tough team to project.

The combination of Wilson and the receiving duo of Cortland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy is enticing. Add in a dynamic running back duo and a solid offensive line, and you've got a great ecosystem to drop one of the league's most talented quarterbacks into.

Unfortunately for Denver, that hasn't resulted in an impressive beginning to the team's new era.

The Broncos scored just 16 points against an extremely inexperienced Seattle Seahawks defence that lost Jamal Adams for most of the season opener. Then they barely scraped past a Houston Texans team with one of the NFL's worst rosters.

They just earned a one-point win in a game where Jimmy Garoppolo gifted them two points.

This team's offensive ceiling remains high, but it's hard to know how long it will take to come together. In a division with thin margins, the Broncos might not have time to gel.

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