Saturday, October 17, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Week 6 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: 3.4 (3rd)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

Let the record show that I had the Chiefs in the top spot, despite their loss to the Raiders, but EPR (which was developed by Douglas, a Chiefs fan!) bumped them down to No. 3. Normally when the Chiefs' defense is getting gashed, the offense can keep up. But that wasn't the case Sunday. In their first four drives after halftime, the Chiefs totaled two first downs, punted three times, and Mahomes threw an interception. They had a pair of touchdowns called back for penalties, and Nick Keizer had a bad drop on third-and-long. The defense entered the game first against the pass but allowed six completions of 20-plus yards. The Chiefs need to play better, but I'll still take them over any opponent on a neutral field right now. One bad game is no reason to panic.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

The defense fell flat against the Raiders. One other thing that is showing up is the poor play by the offensive line. It just hasn't been as good.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

Good time to stop and take a pause ... and acknowledge Kansas City has only looked impressive twice (Texans, Ravens) despite its 4-1 start.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Biggest weakness: Too much pressure on Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes is facing too much pressure even when opponents aren't blitzing. He has been pressured on 34.7% of his dropbacks when not facing a blitz, the second-highest rate in the league. This disparity is throwing off the passing game's usual efficiency. It's easy to blame the offensive line, but that group is 14th in pass block win rate at 60.9%. Mahomes deserves some of the blame. He has a tendency to drift in the pocket, which makes a lineman's job more difficult. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 2

The Chiefs were eventually going to lose. It hadn't happened since last November, so really, they were overdue. But it was how Kansas City lost that makes you wonder. Derek Carr and the Raiders piled up nearly 500 yards of total offense -- with five plays of at least 40 yards -- and Patrick Mahomes was regularly running for his life against a Vegas pass rush that had been lifeless before Sunday. Mahomes was pressured 16 times on Sunday, the second-most pressures he has faced in an NFL game, per Next Gen Stats. Mahomes' first interception of the season, a huge turnover midway through the fourth quarter, came on a throw made from a crumbling pocket. Was this merely a bad week ... or a sign of bigger issues?

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