The first NFL power rankings of the 2016 offseason have the Kansas City Chiefs ranked No. 9 in the NFL. ESPN released their NFL power rankings which feature the Super Bowl losing Carolina Panthers in the top spot followed by the New England Patriots. Kinda funny that the last two teams the Denver Broncos beat are ranked ahead of them.
The Seattle Seahawks are No. 3 while their NFC West pals Arizona Cardinals are No. 4. The Broncos are ranked No. 5. Their offense is going to change quite a bit next season with Peyton Manning likely retiring. Brock Osweiler is a free agent. A lot of uncertainty here.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are No. 6, which seems a little low. They're going to be very, very good if they can stay healthy next year (and you could say the same about the Chiefs). The Green Bay Packers come in at No. 7 while the Cincinnati Bengals are No. 8.
And then there are the Chiefs who are ranked No. 9. That seems like a fair ranking for a Chiefs team that made it to the Divisional round of the playoffs last season. The Chiefs offseason will determine a lot about what this team looks like next year. With free agents like Eric Berry, Sean Smith, Derrick Johnson and Jaye Howard, the Chiefs defense, which is its strength, will look different. How will the Chiefs improve the offense? Is another receiver coming? Lots to answer for the Chiefs who are in for another big offseason.
Find ESPN's power rankings here.