AFC East rivals play catch-up

The Kansas City Chiefs lifted the Lombardi Trophy this February, giving division rivals more reason to improve for next season.



April 30, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) congratulates Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) following a game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images/TNS)

With their blazing speed on offense, the Kansas City Chiefs ran away from their AFC West brethren en route to their first Super Bowl title in half a century.

So explosiveness was a common theme on the draft boards of rival general managers John Elway in Denver, Tom Telesco in Los Angeles and Mike Mayock in Las Vegas.

“Every move and signing we make we have to have them in mind,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said of the Chiefs, who have ruled the division since 2016 and used a 21-0 burst over the final six minutes to beat San Francisco in the Super Bowl.

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