- Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)*
- Denver Broncos (10-6)*
- San Diego Chargers (8-8)
- Oakland Raiders (5-11)
As we ask ourselves which division is the toughest heading into 2015, we come back to the AFC West time and again.
The main reason will be the Oakland Raiders improving drastically. While 5-11 is hardly a major improvement from their 3-13 mark a year ago, a lot of those losses will be tough ones due to divisional circumstances.
Betting against Peyton Manning is just like not taking the Pats in the AFC East – you don’t do it until you see it. While the Kansas City Chiefs will bounce back from their non-playoff season a year ago, the Denver Broncos will be there all season long in prime position to either win the division or at least take home a Wild Card spot.
San Diego remains the wild card. Mike McCoy has already established himself as a serious coach in the league, and with Philip Rivers the sky is the limit. I just don’t see enough on the roster to get them over the hump. Having the defense improve upon its ninth-ranked status from a year ago will be tricky.
One thing is for sure, of all the AFC divisions this one has the best shot to field two or more playoff teams in 2015.