The Kansas City Chiefs are either a top 10 team ... or not a playoff team. It's one of those two. There are a handful of 2015 NFL power rankings that have been released after the 2015 NFL Draft and the Chiefs rankings are all over the board.
NFL Network ranks them No. 8, which seems high (even for this Chiefs fan) while CBS Sports ranks them at No. 21 which seems low. ESPN and Fox Sports ranks them both at No. 14 which feels about right. The Chiefs should be a good team with what we know about them. Of course, we said the same thing last year and they missed out on the playoffs. So they just need to go out there and win games to prove it.
Note that NFL Network ranks the Broncos No. 9, one spot behind the Chiefs. The current NFL odds have the Chiefs second in the AFC West behind the Broncos.
Here's a roundup of the power rankings:
Thought the Chiefs performed well this past weekend, scoring the touchdowns in the draft that their wideouts couldn't on the field. (We are legally obligated to bring up the woes of Chiefs WRs a minimum of 50 times. Our draft coverage only did so 47 times. We're back-filling.) The key here, though, might be second-round guard Mitch Morse. Like the Chargers -- who provided Philip Rivers with a dangerous backfield-mate in Melvin Gordon -- the Chiefs looked to give their most important offensive player some help. If Morse, who played tackle at Missouri, can adjust to interior line play on a full-time basis, Jamaal Charles could go for 15 and 15 this year: 1,500 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
They will enter the season as the third team in their division. Did they do enough in the offseason to be the second team?
Forcing turnovers was a problem for the 9-7 Chiefs last season. First-round pick Marcus Peters (CB) should help improve on Kansas City's league-low six interceptions in 2014.
The Chiefs struggled to stop the run in 2014, but they used the offseason to instead bolster their secondary and in turn their pass defense. Adding playmakers Jeremy Maclin and Chris Conley could help this offense take a step forward.