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These NFL power rankings wonder if Chiefs are an 8-8 team

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The Kansas City Chiefs dropped a few spots in the various 2016 NFL power rankings we've been tracking. SB Nation has them at No. 15 after they were No. 11 last week. That actually sounds about right given what our expectations were before the season (pretty high) compared to how the Chiefs have actually looked (not good).

CBS Sports wonders if the Chiefs are a .500 team. That seems like a crazy question but the Chiefs performance in the first two games would support that. Maybe Andy Reid and the Chiefs offense will get it together this week against the Jets.

Onto the Week 3 power rankings...

CBS Sports: 15

They could easily be 0-2 right now. Don't they have the look of a .500 team?

USA Today: 15

Four sacks. Two fumbles. Zero touchdown drives. Alex Smith hasn't played this poorly in a while, though missing your starting guards hurts. 12

So it's 1-1 for the Chiefs, with a mixture of positive and negative after two weeks. The defense looked far better in Houston than in front of the home folks in Week 1. Marcus Peters snagged a pair of picks, and the defense as a whole made the Texans look thoroughly inept on third down. Unfortunately, the offense took a big step back from Week 1, failing to score a touchdown in a mostly putrid effort. In a healthy 37 attempts, Alex Smith threw for all of 186 yards. Yuck. If not for Cairo Santos, Kansas City wouldn't have scored at all. Next up: Jets, at Arrowhead.

Sports Illustrated: 13

The Chiefs now have played eight quarters and looked really good on offense in one of them, so the improvements have to come soon. They’re lucky to be 1–1 but also have the talent to take off at any point. Which direction will they head from here?

ESPN: 11

What is going on with the Chiefs? Outside of the fourth quarter/overtime of the Chargers game in Week 1, this team has been outscored by 19 points and struggled offensively. The Jets' front seven will put the Chiefs' offense to the test again this week.

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