The AFC West was one of the most interesting divisions in the NFL last season, as two teams went 12-4 and tied for the high-water mark throughout the entire conference. The two squads that filled the bottom two rungs of the four-team division bulked up in the NFL Draft that concluded in late-April, making NFL Preseason Tickets for preseason games in the AFC West even more coveted.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs exploded onto the scene behind second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The accolades have rained down on him like the snow comes down in a typical mid-winter playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. ESPN’s Trey Wingo referred to him as a future Hall of Famer during the NFL draft telecast – extremely high accolades for a player who has turned in just one season as a starter. Exactly how much Mahomes will play in the 2019 NFL Preseason is yet to be seen, but he will obviously be anxious to get out on the field. Shaking off the off-season rust and rounding into regular-season form as quickly as possible is of high importance for a Chiefs team that is expected to do big things, despite some negative off-season stories that could continue to affect their offensive roster. The Chiefs will play the Bengals, Steelers, 49ers and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field to round out their 2019 Preseason Schedule.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers made the transition from San Diego relatively smoothly, and quarterback Philip Rivers is entering his 47th year in the NFL. Just kidding, but the shot caller and rifleman is essentially ageless as he approaches 20 years in the pros following an illustrious career at North Carolina State in the first few years of the 21st century.
The Chargers have made the postseason seven times in the last 15 years, and they lost to the eventual champion New England Patriots last year in the Divisional Round. The team will play the Cardinals, the Saints, the Seahawks and finish the 2019 Preseason in San Francisco with a classic final-preseason matchup against the 49ers. The two West Coast squads often square off in Week 4 of the NFL Preseason, dating back a few decades.
Scheduling games that don’t demand incredible travel for teams during the preseason is something the NFL focuses on, and the Chargers will not have to go any further than Glendale, Arizona throughout the course of their preparation period.
The Denver Broncos are one of the two teams in the NFL that will log a total of five preseason matchups. The first will be the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, which will take place on the first evening of August. It will be preceded by ceremonies officially inducting the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame Class into a huge and illustrious group, and it is usually a low-scoring affair as two teams dust the rust off and let some third and fourth stringers have big-time down the stretch.
The preseason will become a bit more serious in terms of getting important players important playing time when the Broncos travel to Seattle for a game on Thursday, August 8. They will conclude with matchups against the 49ers at Broncos Stadium in Denver, and a visit out West to square off with the LA Rams in Week 4 of the preseason at LA Memorial Coliseum.
The Oakland Raiders have been one of the most talked-about teams in the league for the last several years for reasons that very. On-field success has largely eluded them during this decade and the vast majority of the last, and they’ve not won a playoff game since they won two en route to Super Bowl XXVII, which they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 48-21. Gruden was the coach of the Oakland squad up until that year, when he made the transition to Tampa Bay. Now that he is in Oakland once again, and soon to be in Las Vegas, the team has reestablished a sense of legitimacy and toughness.
Oakland Raiders 2019 Preseason Tickets for games at Oakland Coliseum are available to two final preseason games, which will likely be the last time that fans in Oakland are ever able to witness preseason action. The squad is scheduled to move to Las Vegas next year, and the building of a brand-new-new, cutting-age, billion-dollar Stadium is well into its construction process.
The division has long been one of the toughest and most popular in the NFL. The preseason has long been a proving ground for newcomers hoping to make sizable yet highly-exclusive Opening Day rosters. Over the course of August, many truths will be told and futures determined. 2019 NFL Preseason Tickets to all AFC West games and all others are currently available now for surprisingly affordable prices.