1.Kansas City Chiefs
coach: Andy Reid (ninth year-91-37 regular season, 7-6 playoffs; 23rd year overall-221-130-1 regular season, 17-15 playoffs).
Record for 2020: 14-2 (No. 1 in the AFC West; lost to Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl).
Defensive player: Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (third year).
Best Defensive Player/Best Newcomer: DT Chris Jones/DL Jalan Reid. Jones’ contract averages $20 million, ranking fourth among interior defenders, and he is a solid force (40 1/2 sacks in 76 games). As a reliable player in Seattle (22 sacks in 72 games), Reid joined the Chiefs and participated in their D-line rotation.
Key statistics: 63-Negative defensive performance, the least in the NFL.
Why did they do it first: As long as quarterback Patrick Mahoms is healthy, the Chiefs will maintain the level of the AFC West. Kansas City actively rebuilt the offensive line and introduced eight players, including left tackle Orlando Brown and guards Giotunni and Kyle Lang. Safety Tyrann Mathieu leads the Chiefs’ second line. He occasionally gives up a lot of passing yards because his opponent is in a catch-up mode.
2. Los Angeles Charger
coach: Brandon Staley (first year).
Record for 2020: 7-9 (third in the AFC West).
Defensive player: Staley (first year).
Best Defensive Player/Best Newcomer: Dejoy Bosa/CB Asante Samuel. Usability is an issue for Bosa, who has played only two more than 12 games in five years; he has 47 1/2 sacks in 63 games. Samuel was a second-round pick for the Chargers from Florida State University.
Key statistics: 184-At least 10 yards are allowed, ranking fifth in the league.
Why they won the second place: The Chargers won the gold medal with quarterback Justin Herbert last year, and they will get a healthy Austin Eckler among running backs. On the defensive side, former Broncos assistant Staley inherited the team of Bosa, safety guard Devin James, linebacker Kenneth Murray and cornerbacks Chris Harris and Michael Davis. This is a rising team, they will enter the playoffs as wild cards.
3. Denver Broncos
coach: Vic Fangio (third year, 12-20 record).
Record for 2020: 5-11 (fourth in the AFC West).
Defensive player: Fangio (third year).
Best Defensive Player/Best Newcomer: S Justin Simmons/CB Pat Surtain II. Simmons hasn’t missed any defensive opportunities in three years, and won a new contract with an average value of 15.25 million US dollars. Sultan, with the ninth pick in the first round, is the ruler of Alabama.
Key statistics: 47.5%-Red zone defensive touchdown rate, the league’s first.
Why they won the third place: No…enough…offensive. again. Yes, the skill position depth chart is quite complete, including tight end Noahvant and receiver Courtlan Sutton, Jerry Jedi and KJ Hamler. But their quarterback situation is very unstable. On the defensive side, the Broncos are adding Sultan and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller, retaining outside linebacker von Miller and re-signing Simmons and defensive end Shelby Harris. Later, you may become an elite.
4. Las Vegas Raiders
coach: Jon Gruden (the fourth year of the second tour-19-29 in the regular season; 15th overall-114-110 in the regular season, 5-4 in the playoffs).
Record for 2020: 8-8 (second in the AFC West).
Defensive player: Coordinator Gus Bradley (first year).
Best Defensive Player/Best Newcomer: DE Maxx Crosby/DE Yannick Ngakoue. Crosby brought 17 sacks for the Raiders in two years. After crossing Jacksonville, Minnesota and Baltimore in 2020, Ngakoue joined his fourth team in less than a calendar year. He reunited with Bradley, who was coach of the Jaguars when Ngakoue was drafted.
Key statistics: 24-Allowed to rush for touchdowns, second in the league.
Why they won the fourth place: The raiders kept chasing their tails. At the end of last year, they lost five of the six games to withdraw from the playoffs, and then chose to overhaul their offensive line that is not considered a weakness. Bradley, the coordinator of the Seattle and Chargers and the former head coach of Jacksonville, will bring energy, but the Raiders are counting on players like Ngakoue and defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson who were abandoned by the previous team.