The NFL season is quickly approaching and the AFC looks to be ruled once again by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
However, the Broncos will find tough opponents in their own AFC West division in the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.
The Oakland Raiders have made numerous changes to their roster, but should not be much of a contender for the division title this season.
Last season the Broncos, Chiefs and Chargers all made the postseason. With that happening, it would seem the odds on Bovada and topbet would be a bit more balanced, but that cannot be further from the truth.
Denver on betonline and sportsbook.com is 1 to 4 to win the division. That makes them the biggest division favorite in football at this point of the offseason. The Patriots are 1 to 3 to win the AFC East.
Kansas City and San Diego have improved significantly after coaching changes prior to last season paid dividends immediately.
Most insiders believe both the Chiefs and Chargers are legitimate contenders again for the postseason, but few give them a chance to contend for the AFC West title with Denver.
Oakland is currently at 25 to 1 to win the AFC West. That makes them the biggest house liability. The Raiders signed Matt Schaub to be their next quarterback.
CURRENT ODDS FOR AFC WEST CHAMPIONS
Denver Broncos 1 to 4
Kansas City Chiefs 11 to 2
San Diego Chargers 11 to 2
Oakland Raiders 25 to 1
Oakland is currently the biggest liability for most sportsbook, not just for the AFC West but all of the NFL.
The Raiders are between 100 to 1 and 200 to 1 to win the Super Bowl depending upon what sportsbook you look at. Nevertheless, Oakland is more than double the liability for the house than that of any other NFL team.
The public lost some of its enthusiasm for Denver. Most bettors remember what they have last seen. With Denver being routed in the Super Bowl, not many are jumping on the Broncos Bandwagon yet.
However, the team has made big improvements during the offseason by adding to their defense. The Broncos will also have some players lost to injury last season back in the lineup.
Most importantly, Manning is the best regular season quarterback ever to play in the NFL.
The AFC West last season played the NFC East and finished 11-5 and that was with Oakland going 0-4.
However, this season the division faces the NFC West, which for most bookmakers is considered the toughest division in the NFL.
Last season, teams from the NFC West were 13-3 against the AFC South.
The NFL season is long and injuries play a major factor during the 17 weeks. If Denver can remain healthy, especially Manning, then look for them to win the AFC West and battle for the AFC Championship in January.