AFC West Betting Preview: 2nd-Place Odds, Chiefs Are Good

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Andrew Doughty Jul 23, 2021, 12:25 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers managed only 273 yards of total offense in a 29-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season. The Chargers’ third straight loss pushed them farther back in the AFC playoff picture; they were four full games behind four teams, including the Dolphins, for a Wild Card spot. 

The loss also dropped the Chargers to 2-7 and guaranteed a 10th season since 2010 with fewer than 10 wins. Only the 12-win team in 2018 managed to go at least 10-6 or better in the regular season.

In 2021, with a first-year, first-time head coach in Brandon Staley and Justin Herbert one year removed from the best rookie season by a quarterback in NFL history, the Chargers need their second 10-win season since 2010 to hit the over on their win total of 9.5. And with the 17th game, they have one extra game to do it.

The Chargers have the second-highest win total in the AFC West – behind the Kansas City Chiefs (12.5) and ahead of the Denver Broncos (8.5) and Las Vegas Raiders (7) but have the third-best odds in divisional betting, including division champion and 2nd-place finisher.

This week on High Motor by BetMGM, in the fourth AFC divisional betting preview, we discussed NFL betting strategy for the AFC West, including the conflicting Chargers and Broncos’ divisional odds, why a Chiefs’ tax is worth it, one dart throw for Super Bowl betting, and more.

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of High Motor by BetMGM, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM and host of High Motor by BetMGM, an NFL and college football podcast available on Apple Podcasts and everywhere else.