The Kansas City Chiefs have cemented their spot across NFL power rankings lists all over.
If there was any doubt that the Kansas City Chiefs weren’t the most feared team in the NFL at this point, the most recent loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers cemented K.C.’s hold atop NFL Power Rankings all over. The Week 15 editions are out and the Chiefs stand alone at the top of the league’s pecking order.
"They aren’t blowing teams out, but the offense makes them the team to beat. They face a tough one this week against the Saints."
He’s not alone in realizing that the Chiefs are dangerous even when they aren’t playing up to their full potential. Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated has the Chiefs over the Green Bay Packers (like most NFL analysts) while acknowledging how sloppy the Chiefs looked by turning the ball over so much against the Miami Dolphins.
The Chiefs were already No. 1 in ESPN’s power rankings but Adam Teicher would like to see a more balanced club this close to the postseason:
"It’s scary to imagine what the Chiefs might be if they were playing well in the other phases. Particularly disappointing is their defensive rank. The Chiefs are 20th in points allowed over the past six weeks, so defensively, they aren’t where they’d like to be heading into the most important part of the season."
Vinnie Ayer of The Sporting News believes the Chiefs have “juice” in all three phases of the game—including defense and special teams—and credits K.C. for their ability to beat you in multiple ways. Both Ayer and Teicher have the Chiefs up top, but it’s clear that there’s still a disparity in belief about how dangerous K.C. is at this point, meaning they are the NFL’s top team but they could still be so much better.
Over at The Ringer, Danny Kelly respects the Chiefs enough to keep them at the top, but he’s also a big believer in AFC supremacy. While the Steelers dropped given another loss, they’ve been replaced by the team that beat them in the Buffalo Bills. It will be interesting to see if the Bills can live up to such lofty expectations and close the season out strong.
The Chiefs will face their final major test of the season in Week 15 as they visit the New Orleans Saints.