Friday, October 1, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs Week 4 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: 8.8 (9th)
  • Best ranking: 6th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

The Chiefs' record doesn't reflect it, but Patrick Mahomes has played well given a new offensive line and a defense that has been consistently dismal. His touchdown (nine) to interception (three) ratio of 3-1 would be the lowest of his career. On the interceptions, he was guilty twice of trying to force a play, and the other was tipped by a receiver and should have been caught. There is definitely room for improvement for Mahomes and the team as a whole. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 6

In Week 2 against the Ravens, it was a Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumble that set up a tough loss. On Sunday against the Chargers, turnovers once again served as Kansas City's downfall. The Chiefs lost two fumbles and Patrick Mahomes threw two interceptions in a 30-24 loss to the Chargers at Arrowhead. Kansas City will turn the calendar to October in last place in the AFC West -- with three extremely frisky teams ahead of them in the standings. There was more bad news after the game, when we learned Andy Reid was transported to the hospital after falling ill. The trip to the hospital was precautionary, but any Reid absence from the sideline would stand as another imposing obstacle for the defending conference champs.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

They have to stop turning the ball over like they did against the Chargers. It's hard to believe they are 1-2 after three weeks, but it's the first time with Patrick Mahomes they are under .500. Amazing.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

They're this close to being 3-0. They're also this close to being 0-3. What Kansas City currently is is a last-place club for the first time in QB Patrick Mahomes' career.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Surprise! The Chiefs have now lost three of their last four games dating back to last year's Super Bowl. That had never happened to Kansas City in any four-game stretch Patrick Mahomes has started, dating back to the regular-season finale in 2017. The Chiefs will probably (?) be fine, but it has been a surprise to see some dulling of their sheen of invincibility.

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