Saturday, September 18, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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 2 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Top rookie: G Trey Smith

Smith had a pass block win rate of 100%. His run block win rate of 68.8% was in the middle of the pack for starting guards, but still impressive enough for a sixth-round pick making his first NFL start. At the very least, Smith validated the Chiefs' decision to put him in the starting lineup. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 2

Patrick Mahomes is a football genius. How else can you explain that impossible downfield heave that resulted in Tyreek Hill's 75-yard touchdown in Sunday's comeback win over the Browns? Mahomes is a relentless force, and his greatness covered up for the sins of a defense that couldn't get the Cleveland attack off the field all day (the Browns punted once all game). Here's an all-time crazy stat: In his career in September, Mahomes is 11-0 with 35 touchdowns and zero interceptions. That's playing-Madden-on-"easy"-level dominance against the greatest football players in the world. We are all witnesses.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

Patrick Mahomes rallied the Chiefs against the Browns, but the defense has to be better. They got pushed around at times.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

The re-engineered offensive line generally held up well -- particularly given three players with zero NFL experience were debuting -- as did Kansas City's proclivity to fall into double-digit holes before dramatically climbing out of them.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Overreaction: Kansas City will be undefeated at home this season. The Week 1 game against the Browns was a reminder of why the Chiefs have so consistently been atop our rankings: It's just so damn hard to beat them. It takes a perfect storm like the Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay. On Sunday, the Browns played as perfect of a game as possible for three quarters, then we saw a familiar script: If it's at all close, trust Patrick Mahomes in the fourth quarter. -- Jones

Reality check: Giving up touchdowns to Cleveland on the first three drives set up some intrigue, but this is a Chiefs team that can just toy with quality opponents. The reality is they're just that good. -- Auman

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