Thursday, September 10, 2020

Week 1 Kansas City Chiefs 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: 1.0 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 1st (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Most Super Bowl champs benefit from an exceptionable amount of luck on their way to the title, but that wasn't really the case with the Chiefs last year. They had below-average injury luck, below-average fumble luck and were 5-4 in one-score games. It might sound crazy, but this offense could be a lot better than it was last year when Patrick Mahomes was battling through an injury. The Chiefs return their top five pass-catchers and used a first-round pick on dynamic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. With some holes in the secondary, the defense could struggle early in the season, but the Chiefs have the firepower to outscore teams on a weekly basis.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

The offense will roll again, so it's about the defense. There are concerns about the corners, which could be a problem.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

Want some wedding advice, Mahomes? Publicize your registry, then hire someone to write thank you notes to a half-million Kansas Citians. RG3 cleaned up a few years ago, and he didn't even win ... or remain married.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Will rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire make the offense even better?

Adam Teicher: He will, judging from training camp. He was consistently productive, particularly in the passing game, where he showed reliable hands and the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. The Chiefs didn't get a lot of help from their backs last year until Damien Williams emerged late in the season. So the rookie out of LSU is a logical place for the Chiefs to grow offensively. -- Rank: 1

Everyone knows the Chiefs have an incredible offense with Patrick Mahomes at the controls. What gets far less pub is a defense that morphed into one of the league's stingiest in the back half of 2019. Kansas City allowed just 11.5 points per game in the final six games of the regular season, then overcame early hiccups in playoff games to close out a championship. The Chiefs now return 10 of their 11 defensive starters from their Super Bowl team with a full season of familiarity in Steve Spagnuolo's scheme. TL;DR: Sorry, AFC, the Chiefs have the potential to be great on both sides of the ball.

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