KC Chiefs sit atop Peter King’s offseason NFL power rankings

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 10: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws as head coach Andy Reid talks in the background wearing a clear face shield before the start of a game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 10: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws as head coach Andy Reid talks in the background wearing a clear face shield before the start of a game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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The K.C. Chiefs front office should already be feeling pretty good right about now after going through a riveting offseason featuring a complete overhaul of the offensive line. While the Chiefs have added talent at a few positions, there was no greater need (and no finer answer) than the offensive front tasked with protecting Patrick Mahomes. Given the talent already on the roster and the work done to repair problem areas, it’s not surprising to see Peter King patting the organization on the back and calling them the best overall team in the NFL right now.

In his latest column, Football Morning in America for NBC Sports, King decided to make his own offseason NFL Power Rankings and he’s got the Chiefs on top after the bulk of free agency and the NFL Draft. He writes:

"This is such a well-coached, well-run team. I remember doing this list last year and trying to force myself to find any reason to pick another team number one after the Super Bowl win, and I couldn’t. Same after the Super Bowl loss now."

The path to NFL greatness runs through Tampa Bay this coming season, of course, after the Buccaneers took care of the Chiefs in the postseason. However, the Chiefs have made back to back Super Bowls and three consecutive trips to the AFC Championship game. The team has all of its star players in their prime years with a completely remade offensive front that brought even more stars to the team in Joe Thuney and Orlando Brown Jr. especially. It’s hard to imagine the Chiefs relenting their grasp on the AFC’s top seed, even as other teams like the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns have improved their own rosters as well.

Peter King’s NFL power rankings are anchored by K.C. Chiefs.

As for the Bucs, they are currently ranked No. 2 and King admits that they are going to be tough again given that so much of last year’s roster and coaching staff is back again for another run. However, he also writes, “Picking the Chiefs higher than Tampa is based on two things: the magic of Mahomes and a vastly improve KC offensive front.” We tend to agree.

As for the rest of the competitors, the AFC is stocked with three of the top four teams here (Cleveland and Buffalo). The Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, and L.A. Chargers are also all in the top 10. That means that the Chiefs’ trip to repeat as conference champ once again is going to be tougher sledding than it has in a while with the balance of power shifting toward the AFC overall. Still, the Chiefs have the talent on both sides of the ball and a tremendous coaching staff to lead them there. And King clearly believes we could see the Chiefs back in the Super Bowl for a third straight season when all is said and done.

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