As Beyond The Bets takes a closer look at the 2012 NFL season coming up, it came up with three futures bets that might prove intriguing for interested parties to consider. One of those is the fact that the Kansas City Chiefs are listed behind the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers as division favorites, which means someone wagering on the Chiefs to win the AFC West could come out well financially.
Homer pick? Possibly. But the Chiefs have Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry all coming back from injury, made some decent additions (Peyton Hillis, Eric Winston) through free agency, and this team went 10-6 and won the division just two years ago. All the attention and odds are in favor of the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers, but Kansas City plays the 28th-toughest schedule, the easiest road of any AFC West team.
The Broncos are the most highly regarded due to the single addition of Peyton Manning to a team that already won the division just last season. The Chargers have Philip Rivers in their corner, so it's clear that quarterback rankings largely determine team rankings. Perhaps the Chiefs can surprise by bolstering every position around Matt Cassel.