2022 AFC predictions and where the Miami Dolphins might land

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders lines up for a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a game at Allegiant Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 35-32 in overtime. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /

Perhaps the best division in the NFL let alone the AFC may very well be the AFC West. This is going to be a fun division to watch all year.

You don’t have to like the teams in the West but as a football fan, the thought of what is going to play out in this division is hard to not be excited about.

For the last few years or so the Chiefs have ruled the roost by a big margin with only the Raiders really giving much chase. Last year both the Raiders and Chiefs finished with double-digit wins. The Raiders got better during the off-season adding firepower to their offense while the Chiefs let some of theirs go. Is it enough to close a two-game gap?

It might be but the Chargers can’t be discounted after a very good off-season of their own that shored up holes on both sides of the ball. They won 9 games last year but they could easily push for the division this year.

In Denver, the Broncos have fallen out of the competition but the addition of Russell Wilson seems to put them back in the mix for the division title. If Wilson was the piece that was missing in Denver, then we should know pretty quickly but they took some defensive losses and that isn’t good when you are facing top offensive talent in the same division.

Predictions: This one is tough to call and I do think we see someone other than the Chiefs at the top but will it be the Raiders or the Chargers? I think the Raiders pull this one out despite having probably the worst QB in the division. Sorry, Derek Carr but it is true.

I also believe that at least one other team from this division makes the postseason and I think that will be the Chiefs. I like the push that we will see from the Chargers but I don’t think they are 100% ready yet and I don’t see Wilson being the final piece in Denver.