The NFC South and the AFC West may have a very compelling argument that their respective division winners last season are in the same boat, almost I add. While the Buccaneers returned all of their starting championship squad the Cheifs had minor roster changes but look to easily win the 2021 AFC West Division this season yet again. With that said the Denver Broncos bring in a new Quarterback while the Chargers have hope with their young Quarterback, Justin Herbert. What did the Raiders do to get better?
Here is the quick preview for the 2021 AFC West Division!
- Key Additions: CB Kyler Fuller, CB Ronald Darby, RB Javonte Williams
- Key losses: A.J. Bouye
- Starting Quarterback: Teddy Bridgewater
- Last season: 5-11
2021 outlook: The Broncos focused a little more on bolstering up their defense this past offseason and reasonably so. Teddy Bridgewater gets the start but it could still be a long year for the Broncos on offense. However, their bright spot is WR Jerry Jeudy and WR Courtland Sutton returns from an ACL injury. The backfield is Melvin Gordon who had his best rushing reason since 2018 (885 yards with L.A. Chargers). He rushed for 986 yards in 2020, his first year as a Bronco. The Broncos chose Patrick Surtain II in the 2021 Draft and RB Javonte Williams that also can play a huge part next to Denver’s respective pro bowl talent. They’ll be facing some solid defenses such as Baltimore, Kansas City (twice), and Cleveland. Unless the offense overachieves the Broncos are looking at another 5-11 season scenario.
Kansas City Chiefs
- Key additions: OT – Orlando Brown, G – Joe Thuney, DT – Jarran Reed
- Key losses: T – Eric Fisher, T- Mitchell Schwartz
- Starting Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes
- Last season: 14-2
2021 outlook: We can argue that the Chiefs sort of coasted into the Super Bowl last season. They dodged a bullet in the playoffs when Patrick Mahomes went out in the playoffs against the Browns. However, they squeeked out a 22-17 win. They had no problem beating up the Bills 38-24 but Super Bowl LV was a different beast. Could we very well see another repeat of the Buccaneers and Chiefs in Super Bowl LVI? Absoluately, with Mahomes manning this team the sky is the limit. They addressed beefing up the frontline that Mahomes sit behind. That could almost be equal as Tampa brining back their entire starting roster.
Las Vegas Raiders
- Key additions: WR John Brown, C- Nick Martin, DE- Yannick Ngakoue
- Key losses: T – Trent Brown, C- Rodney Hudson, G – Gabe Jackson
- Starting Quarterback: Derek Carr
- Last season: 8-8
2021 outlook: Las Vegas and their shiney new arena is lovely but an 8-8 season may have been a little underwhelming for it’s debut season. Did the Raiders go out and get better this season? That is hard to say with their way of attempting to retool an offensive line. If the O-line didn’t get any better this season what are we to expect? John Brown is a nice addition to the team this season next to Henry Ruggs III. Josh Jacobs is trending upwards as a consistent 1,000-yard rusher a season as he’s rushed for 1,000-plus yards in his first two seasons with the Raiders. Gus Bradley takes over as the defensive coordinator with a little overhaul of personnel on the defensive side for this team. Their biggest question mark will be if the defensive end performs there shouldn’t be a reason this team knocks on the door of the playoffs or secures a wild card spot at least.
Los Angeles Chargers
- Key additions: Head Coach Brandon Staley, OT – Rashawn Slater, TE Jared Cook
- Key losses: TE Hunter Henry, LB – Melvin Ingram
- Starting Quarterback: Justin Herbert
- Last season: 7-9
2021 outlook: Brandon Staley its go time for the new Head Coach. He’s taking over responsibility of calling the defensive plays but most importantly says he’s open to hearing his team’s suggestions for offensive. The Chargers look great with a line up of Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Kenan Allen, and Mike Williams. Justin Jackson sits in the backfield behind Ekeler. It sounds like we may not get much of an idea of the offense in reality until the season wears on. However, defensively the Chargers will need Derwin James Jr. in the line up next to Joey Bosa, Drue Tranquill, and Kenneth Murray Jr. All names mentioned are probably the best bet for Staley to succeed defensively. However, the talent may be lacking behind them. Herbet has proven he’s a QB1 in the NFL. Another step in the right direction could help the Chargers knock on the door of the playoffs. However, it would be shocking if they finished last in this division (see Denver).