The shine came off the Denver Broncos some in Week 3. They were handled by the Baltimore Ravens, 27-14, on the road. It was Denver’s first road game and its first loss.
The Broncos’ first two games were victories by a total of four points over the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders, who are a combined 1-5.
Overall, Denver may be improved from the team that went 5-11 in 2017, however, the Broncos have to show they are worthy of being a legitimate playoff contender.
New quarterback Case Keenum has been iffy and he had already thrown five interceptions in 108 passes. Last year, with the Minnesota Vikings, Keenum threw just seven picks in 481 pass attempts.
Also, Denver’s one vaunted defense is getting gashed in the passing game. It is allowing 262.7 yards in the air and is ranked 22nd.
That could be a problem in Week 4. The Broncos host Kansas City on Monday night. The Chiefs have the baddest offense in the NFL. Denver will be tested.
As we were saying, the Chiefs’ offense is bananas. Kansas City has scored a league-high 118 points in three games, and it is one of three undefeated teams at 3-0. There is a reason why the Chiefs are averaging 39 points a game. They are loaded on offense.
Of course, it starts with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He started the last game of 2017 as a rookie and has come into this season with designs of taking over the league. It’s working. Mahomes has thrown 13 touchdowns and no interceptions this season.
Mahomes has a load of weapons and the Chiefs have been unstoppable. Defensively, Kansas City leaves a lot to be desired. It has allowed 92 points. The Chiefs are winning shootouts and that may have to continue.
Once again, the Chargers are off to a slow start. This is a team that began last season 0-4. The Chargers finished 9-3 but didn’t make the playoffs. Despite another spate of injuries, much was expected from the Chargers this season. But they have been outclassed by Kansas City and the Rams.
The Chargers did slap around Buffalo in Week 2. However, the Chargers’ schedule is considered the easiest in the NFL in the final 13 games, so another turnaround is possible for this immensely talented team.
The Raiders are a mess. They are one of three 0-3 teams and there are a lot of alarming things going on for Jon Gruden in his so-far underwhelming return to Oakland.
Oakland has not trailed in the third quarter of any game this season. They have trailed in just 22 minutes of possible 180 minutes They’re simply blowing games. Oakland can move the ball down the field, but it can’t score.
Defensively, they are getting gutted in the second half and they have no pass-rush after the trade of Khalil Mack.
The only real serious injury issue hovering over the AFC West going into Week 4 is in Los Angeles with defensive end Joey Bosa. The star pass-rusher has been out all regular season with a bone bruise. He is expected to remain out into November, which is a killer for the Chargers.
Here are some things for NFL betting fans to consider for each AFC West team in Week 4:
888sport has Chiefs as a 5-point favorite over the Broncos. I like the Chiefs.
Yes, this game is in Denver and yes, the Mile High crowd will be juiced for Monday Night Football. But the Chiefs are rolling. They’ve won on the road against the Chargers and the Steelers. They can win in Denver. The Chiefs’ offense is a runaway train and Denver’s defense is lacking these days.
Plus, I don’t think Denver’s offense can keep up with the Chiefs end though Kansas City’s defense is not good. I see the Chiefs’ winning this game by more than five points. Bet Kansas City -5.5 with 888Sport.
The over/under is 56, and I’m going with the over. I will go with the over in Chiefs’ games until they prove me wrong. And then, I’ll probably stick with it. This team is averaging 39 points a game and all three of their games have gone over.
Denver’s offense struggles some, but Kansas City is allowing 30 points a game. Denver is averaging 20 points a game. I can see this game being in the 38-24 range. Back over 56 with 888Sport.
I like the under her with the O/U set at 47. The 49ers are starting life without Jimmy Garoppolo. CJ Beathard will start for him. The 49ers are mess and will be reeling with their leader. The Chargers are the superior team I can see this being in the 27-10 range, but well under the 47-point line in Beathard’s first start.
I like under 44.5 here. Oakland is averaging just 17 points a game. Cleveland is allowing 19 points a game. I could also see Baker Mayfield struggle some in his first start, with Oakland having time to prepare for him. This game has a look of a game that will end in the 30s. Bet Raiders-Browns under 47 with 888Sport.