Friday, September 25, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Kansas City Chiefs rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 1.4 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

What we learned: Patrick Mahomes can still save them with his legs. Kansas City's offense struggled for much of the afternoon, punting on five of its first six possessions against the Chargers. But Mahomes ran for four key first downs to give the offense a boost. With the Chiefs facing a third-and-20 late in the fourth quarter, Mahomes picked up 21 yards on a scramble to help set up the game-tying field goal. According to TruMedia, only Kyler Murray (Week 1) has produced a higher single-game EPA on scrambles than Mahomes did Sunday. It wasn't a typical Kansas City win where the offense looked unstoppable, but the Chiefs improved to 2-0.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

It wasn't pretty against the Chargers, but they found a way. The offense isn't close to clicking yet. That will come.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

Purists may hate to see a defending champ dropped in a power poll when they have yet to lose ... even if they're benefiting from a bailout of a listless performance courtesy of stellar K Harrison Butk(ick)er. But Kansas City can correct any perceived slight by beating Baltimore on Monday night.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Travis Kelce

The Chiefs don't have anyone appropriate for this category, given they have a well-known QB, an experienced group of receivers and a rookie running back who has received a lot of hype. But Kelce, with two touchdowns in two games, is on pace to exceed his career best in scoring. His highest tally is 10 TDs in 2018. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 2

Sunday's win over the Chargers was a reminder this is a complete team, not just a bunch of satellites in the orbit of the great and powerful Patrick Mahomes. It was the defense and special teams that closed out L.A. Steve Spagnuolo's unit forced a three-and-out to start overtime, setting up Harrison Butker's 58-yard field goal to win it. Ravens All-Pro Justin Tucker still has my vote for best kicker in the universe, but that final sequence of Butker drilling 50-plus-yard field goal after field goal officially puts Tucker on notice (even if the last kick was the only one that actually counted).

Previous update: Kansas City Chiefs Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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