Broncos tied for first place in highly overrated AFC West division
The Denver Broncos sit at 2-1 after three games and are currently tied for first place in the AFC West.
After every other team in the division lost on Sunday, the Broncos pulled out an ugly 11-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. It could be a turning point in the season for the team, but there are still major questions as it pertains to the team’s offense or lack thereof.
Suddenly, the forecast in the AFC West seems completely different.
Before the season started, the AFC West was being talked about as easily the best division in the league but on top of that, maybe the best division from top to bottom in NFL history. There was talk about how all four of the teams could make the playoffs. Many people in the media were guilty of that and because of how stacked the teams appeared on paper, it didn’t seem too off the wall.
But it does now.
The Broncos are tied for first place in the division despite scoring just 43 points in three games. The Los Angeles Chargers have scored 58 and the Las Vegas Raiders have scored 64 points.
But the Raiders are the league’s only 0-3 team and the Chargers were absolutely dominated by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, losing 38-10 — at home.
The Kansas City Chiefs still appear to be the cream of the crop, at least for now, but they were beaten by an Indianapolis Colts team on Sunday that had looked incredibly bad in the first two weeks.
So how good is the AFC West? It appears that all of the preseason hype was way too much and all of the real concerns with each of these teams were much more real.
The Raiders do have Davante Adams, arguably the best wide receiver in the league, but Josh McDaniels has struggled to implement his system and get his team to play a full 60 minutes.
The Chiefs still have the game’s best quarterback, but the offense did take a hit with Tyreek Hill moving over to the Miami Dolphins.
The Chargers laid an egg on Sunday, there is no other way to describe that, but has any franchise in NFL history done that more often than that one?
Finally, the Broncos. While it is great to see the defense playing at the level it is, the team still has an offense that can’t find a way to produce points. Basically the same problem the team has had since Peyton Manning was setting passing records for the team.
The Broncos could do this much on offense with Drew Lock.
How the rest of the season in the AFC West plays out remains to be seen, but the division looks nowhere near as vaunted as it once did and no teams in the league are going to be afraid to play anyone in the division at this point.