Saturday, January 1, 2022

Kansas City Chiefs Week 17 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: 1.8 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 1 (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 2 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Non-QB MVP: S Tyrann Mathieu

With Patrick Mahomes out of the mix in this scenario, the Chiefs have several other candidates for this honor, but none has been a consistent presence like Mathieu. He is the first one to tell you this hasn't been his best season, but he still leads the Chiefs in interceptions (with three) and fumble recoveries (also with three). He also is the locker room leader who wouldn't let the Chiefs quit on themselves after the season's rotten start. -- Adam Teicher -- Rank: 2

The Chiefs certainly have the look of a team that's peaking at just the right time. The offense continued its resurgence with a blowout of the Steelers that clinched yet another AFC West title and ran Kansas City's winning streak to eight games. Patrick Mahomes threw three touchdown passes and received contributions from several unheralded role players on a day when Travis Kelce (COVID-19 list) was out of the lineup and Tyreek Hill was mostly a non-factor. Combine the revitalized offense with continued excellence by the defense, and the Chiefs look every bit the part of a No. 1 seed in the AFC.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

They are all the way back. Even without Travis Kelce on Sunday, they carved up the Steelers. They are back to being dominant.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

Their league-best eight-game winning streak has been fueled by a dominant six-game defensive stretch at Arrowhead Stadium. AFC West champs won't play there again until postseason and must do some work in Cincinnati and/or Denver to secure home-field advantage.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

Is he The Guy? Yes. And we should all apologize to Patrick Mahomes for ever questioning or doubting his greatness this season. The across-the-body touchdown laser against the Steelers was vintage Mahomes, and on the heels of the comeback win over the Chargers, shows why no team wants to face the Chiefs in the playoffs.

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