Wyche: Chargers, Not Chiefs, Will Win AFC West

Steve Wyche explains why the Chargers are the team to beat in the AFC West

The DA Show
August 01, 2019 - 1:20 pm

The Kansas City Chiefs, one might assume, are sitting pretty. Tyreek Hill wasn’t suspended, Patrick Mahomes has another year of seasoning under his belt, and – after drafting speedster Mecole Hardman in the second round of the NFL Draft – the offense could be even more explosive.

The Chiefs are the best team in the AFC, right?

Well, not according to Steve Wyche. In fact, the NFL Network analyst doesn’t even think the Chiefs will win the AFC West.

“I like the Chargers better,” Wyche said on The DA Show. “The Chiefs’ liabilities on defense, that’s something that they’ve got to reckon with. The Chiefs offensively are going to be dynamic, but the Chargers are so loaded and they’re so deep.”

The Chargers ranked sixth in the league in scoring offense (26.8 points per game) and ninth in scoring defense (20.6 points per game allowed) last season.

“I know Melvin Gordon is holding out right now, but they’ve got a quarterback in Philip Rivers who can make things better,” Wyche said. “They’ve got capable running backs – none the quality of Melvin Gordon. But then defensively they’re just so loaded at every level. They tightened things up even more defensively in the draft.”

They also added former Panthers linebacker – and three-time Pro Bowler – Thomas Davis.

“He can still run. He can still play,” Wyche said. “I think it’s the Chargers over the Chiefs in this division, even though they’ll be neck-and-neck.”

The Chargers and Chiefs both finished 12-4 last season, as the Broncos and Raiders finished 6-10 and 4-12, respectively. Wyche anticipates more balance in the AFC West this season.

“I think the division is going to be better,” he said. “Denver is going to be better a long as Joe Flacco can be maybe a little bit better than average at quarterback, and then we’ll see what happens with the Raiders. A lot of talent, but will they be able to put it all together to compete with those other teams?”