NFL preseason odds are in the long shot category for Denver, Kansas City, and Oakland but one of those three teams will likely emerge as a football gambling contender.
San Diego is loaded and has dominated the division since 2006. Philip Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks in football and led San Diego to a 13-3 straight up mark in the regular season while the Chargers made a small profit by going 8-7-1 against the spread.
The San Diego defense also improved, which was the main reason that the Chargers improved from their 8 win total of 2008. The problem with San Diego is the top man, coach Norv Turner, who has always been shaky with the respect level both with gamblers and in the NFL.
San Diego’s horrible performance in their home playoff loss to the Jets as big favorites re-enhanced Turner’s image as a bad head coach. San Diego has been fortunate to be in the weak AFC West but that status of the division may soon be changing.
The Kansas City Chiefs may have gone just 4-12 straight up last year but hopes are on the rise as Todd Haley enters his second season as head coach with a better idea of where he wants to lead the team and with new coordinators.
Charlie Weiss will run the offense and Romeo Crennel will run the defense, as they both did for Bill Belichick in New England when they were Super Bowl champions. Matt Cassel will return as starting quarterback for his 2nd year in KC. The defense must show significant improvement and if it does this could be the surprise team of the division.
The Denver Broncos started off 6-0 before collapsing to finish 8-8 while going 9-7 against the spread. The big news was Tim Tebow being drafted number one by Denver as quarterback. The big concern is 33-year old head coach Josh McDaniels as he feuded with key veterans down the stretch when he needed unity for a playoff push.
Denver is a tough team to handicap with the NFL preseason odds as they were, in essence, two different teams in two different halves of last season.
The Oakland Raiders are finally rid of major quarterback bust JaMarcus Russell and seem more unified heading into 2010. Tom Cable has stabilized the team as coach and this could be another surprising value with the football odds.