Saturday, January 2, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs Week 17 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 17 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Sammy Watkins, WR: He has not put up big numbers this season. Watkins has appeared in 10 games and played 50 percent of the snaps, producing 421 receiving yards and two touchdowns. But he's had big postseasons before and could boost his stock in the weeks ahead. Watkins will be just 28 at the start of next season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

They have locked up the top seed in the AFC, but they haven't looked dominant for much of the second half of the season. Can they pick it up come playoff time?

USA Today -- Rank: 1

They've won franchise record 14 regular-season games and could up total to 15 ... though it sounds like key starters will get next two weeks off.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

New Year's resolution: Have another rookie crop like 2020

The Chiefs will stay in great shape if they can continue to replenish with young talent as they did this year. Draft picks L'Jarius Sneed, Willie Gay, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Mike Danna and undrafted rookies Tershawn Wharton and Tommy Townsend have the look of players who will be a part of things in Kansas City for a while. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 1

It should be against the rules to be as good as the Chiefs are ... and also get lucky. The football gods shined down on the sons from Kansas City on Sunday, pushing Younghoe Koo's 39-yard field-goal attempt wide right in the final seconds of a 17-14 win over the Falcons. The victory clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC for the defending champions, who also now have the option to rest their most important players in a meaningless Week 17 tilt against the Chargers. Should there be some concern that Patrick Mahomes and the offense struggled to put up points against a mediocre Falcons defense? Perhaps -- though this feels like a team going through the motions as it waits for the bright lights of January football. Almost there.

Previous update: Kansas City Chiefs Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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