The new NFL season begins on Thursday, and on Betpal we will be previewing the first round of matches and adding some season long value selections for punters to follow the whole season long. Today, the AFC West Division

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Kansas City Chiefs to win the NFL’s AFC West Division at 7-1 William Hill

In the eight NFL divisions the AFC West currently appears to be one of the weakest, unlike others where any one of four teams can be expected to compete, the AFC West does not appear to have that strength.

Denver are 1-4, and prohibitive favourites which is understandable given their recent play-off apperances, their superstar Quarterback Peyton Manning and the divisional strength elsewhere. However all is not rosy in Denver. Von Miller a leading defender in the league is banned for six games. Elvis Dumervil another superb defender has gone to the Ravens. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil had 155 Quarterback pressures in 2012. The rest of the Broncos defense had 140. There also season ending injuries on the offensive line too, and Denver are only ever a Peyton Manning injury away from problems

Kansas City Chiefs are a team that have under-performed for several years, such that in the NFL system they have been able to draft lots of top talent out of the college ranks. They have a bona fide running game with Jamaal Charles and this year drafted the top Offensive Lineman in a year where there were 12 selected in the first round of the draft

Quarterback Alex Smith was supplanted by Kaepernick at San Francisco but was much improved before he was injured. He can do what is required for this team that is now loaded with talent. Their schedule is comparatively easy

Elsewhere in the division are two teams that should be also rans. The San Diego Chargers look to be on a down-swing without much pass rush and lacking offensive line talent. The Oakland Raiders have a roster that looks like an expansion team

In one of the weaker divisions 7-1 Kansas City is great value because of the prohibitively short-price of a possibly over-rated favourite. They are certainly solid second favourites in one of the weaker divisions around, and could well be one of this season’s NFL turn-round stories, of which there are always several every season

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Kansas City Chiefs to win the NFL’s AFC West Division at 7-1 William Hill