AFC West standings prediction: #1 Kansas City Chiefs
- Record: 13-3
I mean, this is as obvious as obvious could be. I am all for being optimistic about the LA Chargers and I do think that they could be a playoff team, but there is no way that any team in the AFC West is challenging the Kansas City Chiefs.
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The Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl Champions and did not get worse in any way. Patrick Mahomes is still going to be the face of the NFL and the best quarterback in the league and all those weapons are still going to be very hard to stop.
Heck, the defense has even gotten better, at least better than it was in Mahomes’ rookie season. The Chiefs arguably would be back-to-back Super Bowl Champions if Dee Ford was not offsides in 2018 and they are still years away from regressing.
In terms of their three regular-season losses, I think it is safe to predict the team going 2-2 at worst against the Saints, Bucs, Bills and Ravens. I think they sweep both the Chargers and the Raiders and I think maybe the Broncos are the team that can steal a win from Kansas City in Denver to give them three losses.
Of course, there is always room for the disappointing loss to happen but the Chiefs are just so dang talented that I think the loss to Denver will be the disappointing loss. I think the absolutely worst-case scenario, assuming Patrick Mahomes stays healthy, is a 12-4 record.
A 13-3 record feels right and I would not be shocked if it was better. Realistically, the Chiefs could finish anywhere between 12 and 15 wins in 2020, and they will win the AFC West regardless.