I found a handful of 2015 NFL power rankings around the web today and realized that there is a huge discrepancy on how folks are viewing the Kansas City Chiefs this year. They're either a team ranked in the 20s who won't be making the playoffs or they are a top 10 team in the NFL. There doesn't appear to be any in between.
As usual, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. The Chiefs are not the 23rd best team and they're probably not the eighth best team. I would have them hovering around the top 10.
CBS Sports (Pete Prisco): 23
They rewarded pass rush Justin Houston with a big deal earlier this month to ease that tension. But I wonder if they are close to being good enough on offense. The line has issues.
Fox Sports: 20
The Chiefs have finally added enough weapons around Alex Smith to generate more explosive plays on offense, but their newly-assembled offensive line has struggled with injuries and inconsistent play since the start of training camp. If Dontari Poe can’t return fast from injury, the Chiefs could be gauged in the running game early on.
Kansas City has a legit shot to win the AFC West this season, but the Chiefs must make good on the outside. That means someone opposite Jeremy Maclin is going to have to step up. No more trying to rely on the Donnie Averys and A.J. Jenkinses of the world. Maybe De'Anthony Thomas will be the man. Either way, Maclin and tight end Travis Kelce merely need someone who can stretch the field and catch 40 balls. Oh, and contributing a touchdown reception at some point during the season would be nice, too.
CBS Sports (Pat Kirwan): 21
The Chiefs will get touchdown receptions out of the wide receivers and they have a solid defense. Let's see if they can take down the Broncos.
With Denver not looking like such a lock in the AFC West, the door is open for the Chiefs to get back to the playoffs. Helps to have elite pass rusher Justin Houston back for the long haul.