Looking at how the Broncos will do against AFC West opponents

Today we look out how the Denver Broncos will do against divisional opponents in the AFC West.

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Oct 30, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers tackle King Dunlap (77) defends as quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is pressured by Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 27-19.

The Denver Broncos already play in a tough division where they face the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Denver not only plays in a tough division, but they have a hard schedule ahead of them in 2017. Obviously, teams’ want to win every game they can but division games are crucial especially when it comes to trying to win the division.

The Broncos already have problems to face right now, with the biggest concern about who will be the starting quarterback between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. We will also see what kind of team the Broncos will be under first time head coach Vance Joseph. A big question that the Broncos will have to face is how they will do against their division opponents.


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The AFC West is loaded with all sorts of talent on all four teams. Some have the stronger offense, some have the stronger defense. We will find out which team is stronger overall once game time comes around.

Broncos vs. Raiders

The Raiders will be the biggest challenge to teams in the West. With a high powered offense who has their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr, reliable receivers and the addition of Marshawn Lynch will make life harder for Denver. Both defenses’ are both great, but the Raiders have the edge with their offense.

Playing in Oakland is always hard, but winning in Oakland is difficult. It’s also the same situation with the Broncos. I think these teams will split the series with both teams winning at home.

Broncos vs. Chargers

It could either way for the Broncos when it comes to facing the Chargers. Who knows how the Chargers could do this year. After moving to Los Angeles and starting under new head coach Anthony Lynn, the Chargers could be in trouble. Melvin Gordon will pick up where he left off last year, but Philip Rivers may have just lost his potential number wide out in Mike Williams due to a back injury.

The Broncos and the Chargers tied the season series between each other and I believe it will happen again. These two teams could see themselves fighting for a wild card spot when playoffs start to approach, so expect them to battle it out.

Broncos vs. Chiefs

The Chiefs have always been a tough opponent to play against, but they seem to have regressed on 2017. Yes, they may have obtained their quarterback of the future in Patrick Mahomes, but Alex Smith is still on the roster with pressure to succeed otherwise we could see Mahomes step in. Mahomes still needs time to develop and Smith has all the pressure on him.

The team also released Jeremy Maclin and failed to keep Dontari Poe. We could see the Broncos take advantage of the Chiefs, who are aren’t in rebuilding mode, but most likely struggle throughout the season. The Chiefs swept the Broncos last season, but it could very well end up with the Broncos taking both games.

Overall, I see the Broncos having a 4-2 record within the AFC West. The home advantage should help secure wins against the Raiders and the Chargers, and with the problems the Chiefs are facing the Broncos could take both games.

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  • Mike Okhertz

    Here is why the argument vs the Chiefs fails. The Chiefs (who are the defending AFCW champs and swept the division last year) only lost one big player who contributed substantially last year in Poe. They replaced Poe with Logan who is better against the run (which was the one trouble area for the Chiefs D last year). So we could arguably say that the Chiefs improved in that spot. As far as losing Maclin, he was not a major contributor last year anyways for a team that went 12-4. Furthermore, the Chiefs did that without arguably their top (if not second best) defensive player on the team (Houston) for most of the season. I believe he played in only four games last year. So we get a healthy Houston back and improve our run defense when the Chiefs defense is already considered one of the better defenses in the league. Also remember Derrick Johnson was out after December so we get him back as well. Finally, Alex Smith does not have pressure from Mahomes because it has already been widely reported that the Chiefs plan to develop Mahomes slowly and that he will not be a threat to usurp Smith unless Smith either gets injured or plays horrendously for a good chunk of the beginning of the year.
    Please come up with more substantially reasonable arguments than that because it just makes you the writer look like you don’t know what you are talking about.