The last time the Kansas City Chiefs weren’t AFC West champs was in 2015 when they went 11-5 and lost out on the division title to the Denver Broncos who were in the final year of the Peyton Manning era. They went on to win the Super Bowl that year, but haven’t been to the playoffs since.
The Kansas City Chiefs, on the other hand, started their tear in 2016 and haven’t faltered since then. They won the division for the fourth straight year this past season and capped that special season off with a Super Bowl victory, their first in 50 years.
Even though they’re Super Bowl champs, that’s not enough for NFL pundits out there to automatically hand the AFC West to the Chiefs. Let’s be honest though – Would it be a fun offseason if every single person picked Kansas City to win the division? No, it wouldn’t. That’s not how the offseason is supposed to go for talk show hosts and other NFL analysts.
It was blatantly obvious that the Broncos were using the 2020 NFL Draft as a way to try and match the Chiefs on offense. They lucked into Jerry Jeudy falling to them at pick number 15 and then added another wide receiver in the second round in KJ Hamler of Penn State. Those two guys paired with Courtland Sutton give Drew Lock the weapons he needs to potentially go toe-to-toe with Kansas City in their two match-ups in 2020.
Denver also signed Melvin Gordon to help out on their run game and while that move isn’t being discussed much, it’ll be a big one for them. At this point, the Broncos are really just hoping that Lock is the guy they were hoping he’d be when they drafted him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.