Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs Week 7 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: 2.4 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 5th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

They regain the top spot after a one-week hiatus. Underrated Patrick Mahomes skill: his sense of exactly where the line of scrimmage is. When Mahomes escapes the pocket, he consistently tiptoes up to the line of scrimmage before hurling passes downfield. It's like he can see the blue line we all see on TV. Mahomes was efficient, but the Chiefs' run game was the story against the Bills. Kansas City ran 46 times for 245 yards. Sometimes we expect too much from rookie running backs right away. It often takes them time to learn their reads and get their timing down with new offensive linemen and new schemes. Monday night's version of Clyde Edwards-Helaire (26 carries, 161 yards) is the one Chiefs fans have been waiting for.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They went to Buffalo and pounded the football, something you don't expect from this team. I still think they need to get back to chucking it around, which is being true to who they are.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

They chewed up Buffalo for 245 yards on the ground, most since Andy Reid arrived in K.C. in 2013. Now add Le'Veon Bell to that mix. Could be deadly.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Most impactful injury: G Kelechi Osemele

Osemele tore tendons in both of his knees in Week 5 against the Raiders, leaving the Chiefs without their most impactful interior offensive lineman. The Chiefs turned to journeyman Mike Remmers to replace him. The Chiefs are now down three potential starting offensive linemen, including Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Lucas Niang. Both opted out before the season because of COVID-19 concerns. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 1

On the eve of the World Series, Andy Reid threw the Bills a nasty changeup. The Chiefs rushed the ball 46 times for 245 yards on Monday, the most yardage for the team on the ground since 2012 and tied for the most single-game rushes in Reid's 22 seasons as head coach. The Kansas City offense was led not by Patrick Mahomes but instead rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire (26 carries for 161 yards), who ran like he could hear Le'Veon Bell's footsteps behind him. The ground domination was especially impressive considering the Chiefs' issues along the offensive line. Guard Kelechi Osemele sustained serious injuries to both knees last week, while tackle Mitchell Schwartz exited Monday's game in the first half with a back injury. The Bills were likely as surprised as they were defeated.

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