Andy Reid was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 and has produced eight successive winning season, with seven resulting in playoff looks. The groups has actually appeared in the last 2 Super Bowls but their 31-20 win over the 49ers in LIV was followed by a humbling 31-9 loss at Tampa to the Buccaneers (LV).
The last team to win the AFC West aside from the Chiefs were the eventual Super Bowl 50 champion Broncos. Reids team has actually reached the playoffs an NFL-best six straight years since 15. The Broncos (2015 ), Raiders (2016) and Chargers (2018) have each reached the postseason when over that span.
All 4 clubs have work to do before the season begins. What does each group need to be prepared for that opening Sunday or Monday?
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA– DECEMBER 27: Drew Lock # 3 of the Denver Broncos ratings a goal throughout the 4th quarter versus the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Arena on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Picture by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images).
Denver Broncos: Eliminate errors from the start.
From 1960-2018, the Denver Broncos owned a 39-19-1 record in their first video game of the season, a blistering.672 winning percentage. And from 2013-18, the franchise got off to a minimum of a 2-0 start each of those 6 years.
But is has actually been a far various story under head coach Vic Fangio. The team dropped its very first three video games in 2019 and this previous season, they got off to a frustrating 0-4 start en route to a 5-11 finish.
This past season, the club went through its share of starting quarterbacks and that instability combined with poor play saw Fangio squad lead the NFL with 32 turnovers. Quarterback Drew Lock had 18 of those miscues and his inconsistency was one reason the group dealt for veteran Teddy Bridgewater– late of the Carolina Panthers. He comes off a year with that club in which he had nearly as many turnovers (14) as touchdown passes (15 ).
The Broncos kick off 2021 on the east coast against a New York Giants defense that was one of the better units in the league this past season. That teams pass rush produced 40 sacks. However even if Fangios group cant keep their offense out of damages way, securing the football must be a season-long concern.
Its the home of the ruling AFC champs. And the Kansas City Chiefs aim to continue their supremacy of their divisional competitors over the last few years.
The last team to win the AFC West other than the Chiefs were the eventual Super Bowl 50 champion Broncos. The Broncos (2015 ), Raiders (2016) and Chargers (2018) have each reached the postseason once over that period.
Quarterback Drew Lock had 18 of those miscues and his disparity was one reason the group dealt for veteran Teddy Bridgewater– late of the Carolina Panthers. The Broncos kick off 2021 on the east coast against a New York Giants defense that was one of the better systems in the league this past season.