Thursday, December 24, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Week 16 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 16 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Wish: A healthy offensive line for the postseason. The Chiefs took care of business against the Saints, but they had to work for it. Patrick Mahomes averaged just 5.4 yards per attempt (YPA) and was under constant pressure. He was sacked four times and absorbed 11 hits. Left tackle Eric Fisher was playing through a back injury, and backup right tackle Mike Remmers was sidelined. It's unclear when the Chiefs will get their first-team right tackle, Mitchell Schwartz, back from injury. The Chiefs are Super Bowl favorites, but they're not unbeatable in a one-game playoff scenario. Kansas City's last six wins have all been one-possession games. Teams that have the best chance of upsetting them will be able to light it up offensively and pressure Mahomes without blitzing. The Chiefs' offensive line has to play better than it did in Week 15.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

They are rolling to the top seed in the conference. They are playing a lot of close games, which is a bit concerning.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

With RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffering a mini-blowout, Kansas City is literally limping to the finish ... and could really use that first-round bye.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Most underrated star: CB L'Jarius Sneed

The rookie has not only been as dependable as one could expect of a fourth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, but he has also been a playmaker. Sneed is third on the Chiefs in interceptions, with three, despite missing six games because of a broken collarbone. He had an interception, a sack and three passes broken up in Sunday's three-point win over Drew Brees and the Saints. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 1

The Chiefs can do on an average day what most teams are unable to do at their best. Kansas City accumulated more than 400 yards of offense and 32 points on Sunday, a workmanlike (by their standards) performance in a narrow win over the Saints. K.C. did it playing with a patchwork offensive line that left Patrick Mahomes feeling the heat of the New Orleans pass rush for much of the day. Mahomes threw three touchdown passes anyway, and the Kansas City defense was aided by an extremely rusty version of Drew Brees, playing his first game in a month. A health concern to watch: Clyde Edwards-Helaire exited late in the fourth quarter with ugly-looking hip and ankle injuries. If the talented rookie running back is forced to miss time in the playoffs, Le'Veon Bell will suddenly be front and center in the backfield.

Previous update: Kansas City Chiefs Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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