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The Denver Broncos backed their way into the playoffs last season, losing their last three games of the year but still managing to win a tiebreaker to claim the AFC West title.
And that was with Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback. The Broncos made the biggest splash of the offseason when they brought in former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to be their starter, sending Tebow out of town in the process.
Manning will be looking to recapture his old Pro Bowl form this year and get the Broncos back to the playoffs – which they made last year with just an 8-8 record. On the odds to win the AFC West division title at Bovada the Broncos are pegged as the +140 favorites.
That puts them just ahead of the +225 San Diego Chargers, who were also 8-8 last season but lost the division title on a tiebreaker – and ended up missing the playoffs altogether. San Diego will be missing running back Ryan Matthews (collarbone) to start the season.
It’s then the Kansas City Chiefs at +300 on the odds to win the AFC West title at Bovada, with the Oakland Raiders last on the list at +450 odds. The Chiefs finished in the division basement last year with a 7-9 record, while the Raiders ended up 8-8 but also lost the AFC West crown on the tiebreaker with the Broncos and ended up missing the playoffs.
The Chiefs scored a conference-low 212 points last season, while the Raiders lost four of their last five games last season and allowed the second-most points in the AFC (433).