Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs Week 10 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: 11.8 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 11th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 13th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Bold second-half prediction: The Chiefs will not make the playoffs.

The Chiefs' streak will end at six straight postseason appearances and five consecutive AFC West titles. The finishing schedule, which features all eight opponents with a current record of .500 or better, is too difficult to think that a team with an offense stuck in a slump like no other in Patrick Mahomes' career can realistically do what it takes to get to the playoffs. It would be like Mahomes to suddenly turn things around and lift the Chiefs into the postseason. Just don't count on it. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 12

The good news is obvious: Even without style points, the Chiefs won consecutive nail-biters over a seven-day period and enter the back half of their schedule just a game out in the loss column in the AFC West. The bad news is equally obvious: The offense is still puzzlingly, profoundly broken. Fixing it will be a titanic in-season challenge for Andy Reid and his staff, but let's give credit to a Kansas City defense that has kept the reigning conference champs afloat in tense times. Steve Spagnuolo's D dialed up the pressure on Jordan Love (seven hits) and took a shutout deep into the fourth quarter. The Chiefs exist in a strange upside-down world where the defense is being asked to carry the offense. None of this feels sustainable.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

The offense still isn't clicking, but the defense is getting better. It's only a matter of time before Patrick Mahomes gets it cranked up.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

The good news? They notched franchise's 500th win by improving to 4-0 this season against NFC. The bad news? K.C. is 1-4 against the AFC, which will serve up seven of their final eight regular-season opponents.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Are they good? Stunningly, no. We keep waiting for the Chiefs to figure it out and become The Chiefs again, but if it hasn't happened by midseason, when is it going to click? Kanas City still lacks receiving depth behind Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes isn't playing like Superman and the running game is non-existent. And even though the defense played its best game of the year against Green Bay, it doesn't have any more Jordan Love-making-his-first-start type of opponents left.

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