Predicting the 2020 records for the Denver Broncos and all AFC West teams.
Football is getting closer, and the AFC West looks to be new and improved in 2020. Not only did each team get better (on paper, at least) in the offseason, two teams (the Raiders and Chargers) will play in new stadiums in 2020.
With the Kansas City Chiefs playing as the reigning Super Bowl champs, looking to repeat in 2020, the rest of the West will be looking to play catch up. To keep pace with the champions, the Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders will have to do well in division play if they want to secure a playoff spot.
Of course, not each team will be equal. Some will do well, others won’t.
Here’s how the AFC West could look in-division in the 2020 season.
Kansas City Chiefs
2020 AFC West Record Prediction: 4-2
While the Chiefs finished their Super Bowl campaign season with a 6-0 AFC West sweep, it is unlikely they will go through 2020 unscathed. The AFC West should be much more competitive than it was last season, and a least a couple of other in-division teams should be making bids for the playoffs (although which ones remain to be seen).
While the chances of Kansas City getting swept by a divisional opponent are low, it is a good possibility that at least a couple teams are victorious over the mighty Chiefs and Mahomes at least twice this season. Here are the two games they could lose this season:
October 25 @ Broncos
November 22 @ Raiders
While the Broncos’ first matchup against the Chiefs last season produced a pretty miserable result, the Broncos’ defense held up at Arrowhead in a blizzard, allowing 23 points. This would have looked more impressive if the offense had been able to muster up more than three points.
This season, Drew Lock has an arsenal of offensive talent that may produce a challenge for the Kansas City secondary. Don’t be surprised if the Broncos can sneak away with a win at home.
Much like the Broncos, the Raiders will be improved in 2020, and with a brand new stadium to boot. Derek Carr has more offensive weapons than he did last season, but their defense has to be a lot better than last year if they have a shot at beating the Chiefs this season. Maxx Crosby had a monster rookie campaign, and they will be even better if their hard-hitting safety in his second year Jonathan Abram returns healthy.