The Kansas City Chiefs are getting all kinds of predictions from around media circles. Over at NFL.com, Elliot Harrison has Kansas City as the best team in the AFC West at No. 8. However, CBS Sports’ analyst Pete Prisco believes the Chiefs will finish third in the division, putting them at 21.
On Monday, the most recognizable NFL writer in the world, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, released his power rankings on TheMMQB.com. King has the Chiefs ranked fourth, only behind the Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.
Here is what he said about Andy Reid’s group:
"Two things must happen: making Justin Houston contractually happy and finding some answers in the passing game. I like most everything else about the Chiefs’ ability to play in January."
King obviously believes Kansas City is going to be very good, ranking it well ahead of the Denver Broncos (9th) and Indianapolis Colts (11th), along with one spot above the New England Patriots. King has the San Diego Chargers at 15th in his rankings and the Oakland Raiders in the penultimate spot, not showing much faith in the moves made by general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Personally, I was a bit surprised to see the Chiefs so high. I have been on record with anyone asking that Kansas City could be a Super Bowl team with a good offensive line, but that remains to be seen. The Chiefs are the most talented team in the AFC West, so it isn’t stunning King believes Denver will fall to second place.
It was a tad shocking to see Oakland so low. The Raiders got a good coach in Jack Del Rio and landed some nice receivers this offseason in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. I don’t think they crack seven wins, but I don’t see 2-14 either.
It is also worth noting that King has the Houston Texans ranked 28th after a 9-7 campaign. I agree with King on this (if you care what I think). Houston has no quarterback and despite winning nine games, had the following wins: Jacksonville (x2), Tennessee (x2), Buffalo, Cleveland, Washington, Oakland and Baltimore. Outside of the Ravens, that is about as weak as it gets.
What do you think, Addicts? Take a look at King’s full rankings and let us know below.