Thursday, November 19, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Week 11 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 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

They do the two most important things -- passing and stopping the pass -- at a high level. The Chiefs rank first in offense and first in passing offense. They are 10th on defense and fourth against the pass. That's a Super Bowl formula that works. Kansas City comes off the bye with games at the Raiders and at Tampa.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

They come off their bye with a big division game against the Raiders. The best is yet to come from this team.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

Eventful Monday included contract extensions for coach Andy Reid and GM Brett Veach before starting OTs Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz went on reserve/COVID-19 list. Kansas City will surely need that duo back if it hopes for an eventful Sunday, when champs seek to avenge loss to Raiders in front of national TV audience.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

What would they take back: Not handling the Raiders' passing game in Week 5

Between an ineffective pass rush and unfavorable matchups against wide receivers down the field, the Chiefs didn't have much of a defensive game plan against the Raiders when the teams played in October. The results were four Las Vegas pass plays of at least 40 yards, 40 Raiders points and the only Chiefs loss of the season. The Chiefs will demonstrate how well they learned their lessons on Sunday, when the teams get together again, this time in Nevada. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 1

Three games in, and it doesn't appear that Le'Veon Bell is a thing in the Chiefs offense. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has seen his snap count drop in the past weeks corresponding with Bell's arrival, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Blowouts in two games led to CEH getting a breather, and it was Darrel Williams who ate into the rookie's playing time in Week 9's 33-31 victory over the Panthers. Curiously, Edwards-Helaire played only 40 percent of the offensive snaps in that win, which makes you wonder what this backfield will look like when Kansas City returns from its bye. But don't assume Bell carves out a significant role -- he's looked a step slow in his limited work, like the same guy who struggled with the Jets.

Previous update: Kansas City Chiefs Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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