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The American Football Conference – Western Division or AFC West is one of the four
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s of the
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(AFC) in the
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(NFL). The division comprises the
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,
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Kansas City Chiefs
,
Las Vegas Raiders The Las Vegas Raiders are a professional American football team based in the Las Vegas Valley, Las Vegas metropolitan area. The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference ...
, and
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. The division has sent teams to the
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eighteen times beginning with
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vs.
Green Bay
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. Entering the 2020 season, the Broncos and Raiders were tied with the most Super Bowl wins within the division with 3 each; The Broncos have appeared in the most Super Bowls in the division with 8 and the Raiders have appeared in 5. The Chiefs are 2–2 in the Super Bowl, while the Chargers lost their lone Super Bowl appearance in
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.


History

The division was formed in 1960 as the
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's Western Division. In 1970, as part of the new NFL's two-conference, six-division alignment, the AFL West entered the merged league more or less intact as the AFC West. The original AFL West had four members – the Dallas Texans (who moved to Kansas City in 1963 as the
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Chiefs
),
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,
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(who moved to San Diego in 1961, then back to Los Angeles in 2017) and
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(who moved to Los Angeles in 1982, back to Oakland in 1995, and Las Vegas in 2020). These four teams have remained in the AFL/AFC West since its inception, and are currently the only teams in the division. Largely because of this, and the fact they have played each other twice a year for over half a century, the entire division is considered one very large and very heated rivalry. The
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Cincinnati Bengals
played the last two AFL seasons in the AFL West despite being further east than
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Houston
, where the
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played at the time and were members of the AFL Eastern Division. The Bengals (along with the Oilers) moved to the AFC Central (now the
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) in 1970, instantly forming rivalries with the
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and the
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. In 1977, the
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were added to the AFC West after spending their
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season in the
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; they would move back to the NFC West in 2002. The first-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976 played as a member of the AFC West before being aligned into the
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in 1977. Each of the four AFC West teams won a division title in the first four years of the realignment – Oakland in 2002, Kansas City in 2003, San Diego in 2004 and Denver in 2005. It is the only one of the eight NFL divisions to have all of its teams win titles in the first four seasons of the North-East-West-South format. In the early and mid-2000s, the division was often cited as one of the NFL's "Toughest Divisions" due partially to the home-field advantages of
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Empower Field at Mile High
,
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Arrowhead Stadium
,
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Qualcomm Stadium
and the
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, although in 2008 the division was the NFL's weakest since the
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in 1985 by sending the
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to the playoffs as division winners with an 8–8 record while the
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missed out at 11–5 after losing out on tiebreakers for both the
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and the wild-card. In
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, the Raiders swept the entire division, going 6–0, but failed to qualify for the playoffs as they only won two non-divisional games. The division was very weak in
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as well, when a loss by the Raiders in the last game of the season gave the Broncos the division title with only an 8–8 record. Only the
NFC West The National Football Conference Western Division or NFC West is one of the four Division (sport), divisions of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). It currently has four members: the Arizona Cardinals, ...
in 2010, the
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in 2014, and the
NFC East The National Football Conference – Eastern Division or NFC East is one of the four Division (sport), divisions of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). It currently has four members: the Dallas Cowboys ...
in 2020 have historically sent a worse division winner to the playoffs, when the Seahawks (themselves a former AFC West member) won that division with a 7–9 record, the Panthers won the
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division with a 7–8–1 record, and the
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won the
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division with a 7–9 record. Along with the AFC (formerly AFL) East, the AFC West is the oldest NFL division in terms of creation date (1960).


Division lineups

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and were subsequently renamed the Kansas City Chiefs (1963 season) :Los Angeles Chargers moved to
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San Diego
(1961 season) but moved back in 2017. :Oakland Raiders moved to
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Los Angeles
(1982 season). The team returned to
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for the 1995 season. :Cincinnati Bengals enfranchised (1968 season). After 1970 merger with NFL, the team moved to the
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. :Tampa Bay was enfranchised in 1976. The Buccaneers moved to the
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after their inaugural season, and departed for the newly formed
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after the 2001 season. :Seattle Seahawks moved from the
NFC West The National Football Conference Western Division or NFC West is one of the four Division (sport), divisions of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). It currently has four members: the Arizona Cardinals, ...
division (1977 Season). In 2002 they moved back to the NFC West. :Oakland Raiders moved to the
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Las Vegas
area (2020 season).


Division champions

* !The
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and
Kansas City Chiefs The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football American football, referred to simply as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectang ...

Kansas City Chiefs
tied for the regular season division title at 12–2. The Raiders won the ensuing playoff game to represent the West in the AFL Championship Game. * #A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year. Division standings were ignored, the Los Angeles Raiders had the best record of the division teams. * *Regular season still underway.


Wild Card qualifiers

# In 1969, The Western Division 2nd place team played the Eastern Division 1st place team in an Interdivisional game. * A players' strike in 1982 reduced the regular season to nine games. Thus, the league used a special 16-team playoff tournament just for this year. Division standings were ignored, the Los Angeles Raiders had the best record of the division teams.


Total playoff berths

''Updated through the 2020–21 NFL playoffs'' ;Former division members The table below reflects division titles and playoff appearances from former members of the AFL/AFC West while still in the division.


Season results


See also

* Broncos–Chargers rivalry * Broncos–Chiefs rivalry * Broncos–Raiders rivalry * Chargers–Chiefs rivalry * Chargers–Raiders rivalry * Chiefs–Raiders rivalry


References

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