Friday, October 30, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Week 8 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: 1.6 (T-1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Our stupid, meaningless stat of the week: Teams are undefeated in 2020 when failing to convert a single third down. The Chiefs were 0-for-8 on third down against Denver (the Seahawks were 0-for-7 in a Week 5 win), but got a pair of touchdowns on defense and special teams in their 43-16 win. Barring a Patrick Mahomes injury, it's tough to envision a scenario where Kansas City wins fewer than 12 games.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

They have shown this season that they can win even when Patrick Mahomes doesn't put up gaudy numbers. That's a sign of a more complete team.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

RB Le'Veon Bell averaged 6.5 yards a carry in K.C. debut, nearly 2 yards better than his best game with Jets ... whom he'll face Sunday.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Who needs to step up: K Harrison Butker

Butker has missed five extra points, and his PAT rate of 79.2% is the worst in the NFL. It hasn't cost the Chiefs yet, but it's only a matter of time until it does. What's puzzling about this is that Butker has been so good on field goals (93%). He hit two 58-yarders in a Week 2 overtime win versus the Chargers. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 1

The Chiefs can blow you out even when Patrick Mahomes plays quarterback like a mortal. Mahomes managed just one touchdown pass and 200 yards through the air, but Kansas City still hung a 40-burger on the Broncos because the team made game-changing plays in all phases of the game. Daniel Sorensen had a pick-six. Byron Pringle had a 102-yard kickoff return. Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran through four would-be tacklers on a touchdown jaunt. Playing in frigid conditions, Mahomes failed to record a single third-down conversion, but the Chiefs continue to show they don't live and die on the arm of their all-world QB. This was the second straight week that weather conditions kept the air attack at bay -- you get the feeling a bombs-away affair is coming. Oh look, there's the Jets in Week 8.

Previous update: Kansas City Chiefs Week 7 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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