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Which team can claim the title of the All Time AFC West champion?
Kansas City Chiefs (Dallas Texans)
Las Vegas Raiders (Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Raiders, Oakland Raiders)
Los Angeles Chargers (Los Angeles Chargers, San Diego Chargers)
If you are watching football correctly, you love the Chiefs, strongly dislike the Broncos, hate the Raiders, and are rather meh about the Chargers.
Pretty close to call after sixty plus years of football. Here is an attempt to establish the historical ranking for the AFC West – no mention of the Seattle Seahawks will be found in this article – with statistics, analysis and a sincere attempt to be fair to all teams involved. Each round awards four points for first place, three points for second place and so on. Time to start.
Wins Per Decade
Chiefs 87, Chargers 86, Raiders 77, Broncos 39
Early Chargers teams trump latter Raiders teams.
Raiders 100, Broncos 75, Chiefs 60, Chargers 58
Raider domination with Madden.
Broncos 93, Raiders 89, Chargers 72, Chiefs 66
Emergence of Elway pushes Broncos to the top.
Chiefs 102, Broncos 94, Raiders 82, Chargers 74
Marty rules the decade with an assist by Gunther.
Chargers 85, Broncos 82, Chiefs 70, Raiders 62
Rivers to the rescue for the Chargers.
Chiefs 96, Broncos 89, Chargers 77, Raiders 63
Andy Reid leads the Chiefs to the top.
Chiefs, Chargers, Broncos, Raiders
No doubt with Mahomes at the wheel.
4 – Raiders for the seventies dynasty.
3 – Chiefs due to Marty (and Gunther) for most wins in a decade.
2 – Broncos for the Elway mileage in two decades.
1 – Chargers for Rivers winning the worst decade.
Chiefs 24 points
Broncos 21 points
Raiders 17 points
Chargers 17 points
The Chiefs are the only one with multiple decades in first place. This is a statistic that will not change until Mahomes retires.
The Chiefs, Raiders, and Broncos all have three and the Chargers have one. The Chiefs get third place here, ahead of the Chargers, but behind the Raiders and Broncos due to one less Super Bowl win. Raiders win first here due to a better win-loss record in Super Bowls.
Raiders have 16, Broncos and Chargers have 15, and the Chiefs have 14. Even though we will add another one this season, the Chiefs will be in fourth place here. The Broncos earn second place points over the Chargers for having the most recent division title.
Playoff Winning Percentage
Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs, and Chargers. The Chiefs will slowly catch up in this category by the time we are done with the Mahomes era.
Broncos 30 points
Chiefs 29 points
Raiders 29 points
Chargers 21 points
Historically, the playoff curse kicked the Chiefs square in the nuts. Almost a three way tie as we move to the more subjective categories.
Raiders are fourth with Stabler, Lamonica, and Carr (Ha Ha Ha). Third is the Broncos with Elway – the best career of all AFC West quarterbacks for now – Part Time Manning, and Morton. I do not want to do it but I will put the Chargers in first with Hadl, Fouts, and Rivers over the Chiefs with Dawson, Smith, and Mahomes. The three Charger quarterbacks all had long careers and we could still toss in Brees and Herbert and a steady veteran like Stan Humphries.
LDT puts the Chargers in first and they stay there with a decent list of other runners. Chiefs are second due to depth – Okoye, Word, Holmes, Charles and on and on. The Raiders edge the Broncos as Marcus Allen > Terrell Davis. Neither had much else to shout about. Napoleon Kauffman vs Knowshon Moreno?
The Chiefs have to be fourth as there was not much too shout about between Otis Taylor and Tyreek Hill. I have the Broncos at third as they have had a steady diet of decent to good receivers and the Raiders above them – Brown, Biletnikoff and Branch. The Chargers take first again with Alworth, Jefferson, and Joiner – could add Keenan Allen as well.
Kelce and Gonzalez wrap up first place. Winslow and Gates are second. Shannon Sharpe holds off Dave Casper and Waller for third place, miles away from the top two. We wipe up the field with quality depth – something that the Chargers did not always have here.
Raiders have to be first – Hard to get my thinking past Shell, Upshaw, and Otto and they have had a bevy of quality linemen over the years. They get the nod over the Chiefs – even our greatest line only had Roaf and Tait for a short while. The old Chiefs lines and the Marty lines make this a very close battle. The Broncos had decent linemen for their system for several years so I put them over the Charger lines – Hard to remember some of their linemen.
Chiefs 43 points
Raiders 41 points
Broncos 39 points
Chargers 37 points
The Chargers offense makes up ground as they have had some historically good units even with Rivers giving away games during his career. It killed me to have to say nice things about the Raiders but it felt good to put Elway in third place.
I am handling this category differently as I tried to view the entire defense on any given team rather than handpick players from different eras. This category is worth sixteen points. The Chargers will be last since, for most of their history and the Junior Seau teams being the exception, they simply tried to outscore the opposition. Denver is first – they had the Orange Crush defense – a solid enough Steve Atwater era defense and the vaunted Von Miller era defense. The Chiefs had an incredible defense in the sixties, the Marty era with DT defense, and the Derrick Johnson era of good defenses. The Raiders had a killer defense in the seventies, and fielded good defenses for a large part of their history. The Raiders have had a crappy defense of late but we had both Greg Robinson and Bob Sutton. Despite that, the Chiefs edge the Raiders in a close competition.
Broncos 55 points
Chiefs 55 points
Raiders 51 points
Chargers 41 points
I gave the Raiders two bonus points since their battle with the Chiefs was that close. Chargers starting to fade but very close competition at the top.
Looking at overall play and this category is worth eight points. The Raiders had the best punter in Ray Guy but we had more solid punters. The Broncos FG kickers benefit from Mile High – the Raiders had Janikowski – for good and bad – and we had years of some shaky kickers – Lin – I refuse to finish the name. We have a history of excellent coverage units unlike the others here. We get first place when you consider the returners – Vanover, Hall, and Hill. That is not even close.
Chiefs 63 points
Broncos 59 points
Raiders 57 points
Chargers 43 points
We have finally entered the home stretch.
Coaches, Owners, and Fans
Overall, the Chiefs hit a homer on all three. Hank, Marty, and Andy with Lamar and Clark and the best fans ever. First place. Raiders are second – Madden balances out some lackluster coaches but I will give that ass wipe Al Davis some credit. He was a force to be reckoned with. His son is not even a poop stain compared to the greatness of his dad. Their fans are rabid – no matter their record. The Broncos had Red Miller and old man Shanahan. Bowlen was a steady owner who bought them a championship with the forehead. Fans are more fickle when they are not winning. Chargers had a sucky owner, one great coach in Coryell and many bland ones, and the two fans they have are outnumbered in every game. Twelve points available in this category.
Chiefs 75 points
Raiders 66 points
Broncos 65 points
Chargers 47 points
The Chiefs have been the most consistent over the years. The Raiders and the Broncos might have had more glory moments but, in the long run, the Chiefs rule. The Chargers would be even further behind had they not had some great offensive personnel. Perhaps Herbert will help them catch up to the Broncos and Raiders but certainly not the Chiefs with Mahomes.