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LA Chargers: Predicting the AFC West standings after free agency

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws a pass during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Kansas City Chiefs, 14-3 record

Of course, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to be the first-place team in the AFC West. The Chiefs are fresh off of another Super Bowl berth and just like the New England Patriots with Tom Brady, it is a guarantee that they will at least make the AFC Championship Game every season.

The offseason started off strange for the Chiefs when they released Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz and after seeing Patrick Mahomes get chased around like a mad man in the Super Bowl, many worried about what Kansas City would do to protect their franchise quarterback.

The Chiefs signed Joe Thuney, the best interior offensive lineman in free agency, re-signed Matt Remmers and brought in Austin Blythe, who is not a terrible interior option. They will most likely address the line in the draft and it is clear that they have a plan to revamp this offensive line.

And then they still have Patrick Mahomes. He is the best quarterback in the league and he still did miraculous things in the Super Bowl despite literally having no offensive line. The weapons are still incredible and the Chiefs are still going to score 35 points every single game.

Some teams can keep up with that and the Chiefs will look less untouchable than they did last season in the regular season, but they will still be the no. 1 seed in the AFC and the top team in the AFC West.

Next. Tom Telesco's draft resume is extremely overrated

I do think the LA Chargers can steal a win from the Chiefs, though. They took the first-team Chiefs into overtime in Justin Herbert’s first career start and beat the backups in Week 17. The Chargers have the special quarterback and weapons around him to keep up with Kansas City.

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