Thursday, October 14, 2021

Kansas City Chiefs Week 6 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: 10.4 (10th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Most improved player: TE Jody Fortson

How they've improved: After two seasons on the Chiefs' practice squad as a wide receiver, Fortson was moved to tight end in the spring and has been quite a find. He caught all four of his targets this season, with two of them going for touchdowns. At 240 pounds, he is not the ideal size for a tight end but has shown well as a blocker, too. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 10

Following a humbling blowout loss at home on Sunday Night Football, you can imagine the Chiefs wondering aloud -- to borrow a Madden-ism -- where that truck came from. The 18-wheeler in question was Josh Allen, Micah Hyde and the rest of a Buffalo Bills team that put Kansas City on notice: You may be the back-to-back defending conference champion, but you're not the best team in the AFC. The truth is, it's not close right now. The Chiefs have been mistake-prone on offense and overmatched on defense, facts the Bills laid bare. "You kind of have to take it on the chin," Patrick Mahomes said. "We've still got a long season left, but this one you're going to remember."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

They are so bad on defense right now that even Patrick Mahomes can't bail them out. And he wasn't good against the Bills either. They have to turn it around quickly.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

It's not often when Kansas City is on par with Jacksonville, but this has been a strange season -- and the clubs share the NFL lead with 11 turnovers. K.C. QB Patrick Mahomes' six INTs match his total from 2020 and are halfway to his career high of 12 (2018).

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Breakout player: All Jody Fortson does is catch touchdowns, basically. As the Chiefs search for a reliable third (and fourth and fifth) receiving option behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, they've at a minimum discovered a decent red-zone target in Fortson, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound receiver who spent most of the past two seasons on Kansas City's practice squad. He's caught four passes in five games this year (on all four of his targets), and two have been touchdowns.

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