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Chiefs grab the No. 17 spot in PFT’s preseason power rankings

Justin Houston AP

The Chiefs, who won 11 games and captured the No. 5 seed in the AFC a season ago, have been voted No. 17 in PFT’s preseason power rankings.

This places the Chiefs eighth among AFC teams in our rankings. In the NBA, this garners a playoff bid, but in the NFL, teams get nary a participation ribbon for such a conference finish.

So let’s turn this over to the class. Have we ranked the Chiefs correctly among AFC teams? Are they average, which is sort of where we’ve pegged them? Are they better than that? Or could they be even worse? As always, don’t be shy.

 

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26 Responses to “Chiefs grab the No. 17 spot in PFT’s preseason power rankings”
  1. bwisnasky says: Jul 14, 2014 4:05 PM

    this team is closer to the 2-14 team than they are the 11-5 team….

  2. haleyistheman00 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says this team won 9 games in a row last year without any offense. Once the offense started to click the defense fell apart. This year they put it all together and make a run. Hey why not?

  3. jjackwagon says: Jul 14, 2014 4:23 PM

    And you’re closer to stupid than you are to smart.

  4. jjb0811 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:26 PM

    Hair above average coach & hair below average QB makes for 500 football.

  5. wydok says: Jul 14, 2014 4:32 PM

    Once again, because why not… WHY are there two of these posts per team?!?

  6. kehav1 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:38 PM

    terrible rankings…

    not a chiefs fan.

  7. scrotiemcb says: Jul 14, 2014 4:41 PM

    Best case scenario, the Chiefs finish 4th in the AFC West.

  8. 6ball says: Jul 14, 2014 4:41 PM

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    AFC West draws the NFC West in inter-conference play, and it’s a bad year to play them.
    .

  9. slick50ks says: Jul 14, 2014 4:49 PM

    The Chiefs may not make the playoffs this year, but they have a hell of a lot better chance than the chargers do. That team is a pure fraud, and Phyllis will be back to what he really is, almost done in this league.

  10. bag217 says: Jul 14, 2014 5:31 PM

    Times yours.

  11. askafeld says: Jul 14, 2014 5:40 PM

    Can’t see them doing as well as last year against a much tougher schedule…

  12. bigdinla says: Jul 14, 2014 5:55 PM

    I might agree if they hadn’t lost so much in fA. Hard to replace all the talent they let walk or cut. If Alex Smith doesn’t take a leap forward the Chiefs will be hard pressed to win 8 games.

  13. claymatthewshairplugs says: Jul 14, 2014 5:57 PM

    KC is that one team who looked really good the year before feasting on a weak schedule. Last year they played 3 playoff teams all year. And they only beat one of them (Philadelphia) who was playing Vick. Last year was a fluke this year they’ll come back down to Earth. 8-8 at best.

  14. babygaga19 says: Jul 14, 2014 6:08 PM

    Wake me when the Chiefs win a playoff game!

  15. kcthroughandthrough says: Jul 14, 2014 6:43 PM

    With the defense becoming a lot more aggressive.adding more pass rushers teams will have a hard time getting the ball off. Denver is the only true competition got kc. The raiders are what they have always been, a joke. The chargers have no talent other than an overrated Rivers. Hopefully this is the year Manning catches up to his age and injuries.

  16. mutantman87 says: Jul 14, 2014 6:48 PM

    I doubt KC makes the playoffs this season. Here’s a sports truism (especially in the NFL): If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. It’s hard to argue that the Chiefs got better this offseason. The leaky secondary looks worse, the o-line lost starters, and the receiving corps was not improved in any meaningful way. All this with the NFC West coming up in interconference play.

    KC could easily go 1-3 or 0-4 against the NFC West, while perhaps Tennessee scrapes together 9 wins by beating some lousy NFC East teams, or the Steelers and Ravens rebound a bit. Even if SD is mediocre next year, the Jets won 8 games last year despite having no talent whatsoever on offense. Geno Smith playing average football with Decker and Chris Johnson is a wildcard contender with that D. No Jaguars, Jeff Tuel, or Fitz on the schedule. Instead, the out of division is NFC West, AFC East, Steelers, and Titans. 8-8 sounds about right.

  17. snaponrules says: Jul 14, 2014 7:15 PM

    They should be near the bottom. The only wins they got last year was against losing teams. And since they had one of the easiest schedules in football last year they faced a lot of REALLY bad teams. Every team they played that had a winning record spanked their @55.
    That will hold true this year as well. But unlike last year they will not be handed and easy schedule. Other than playing in one of the weakest divisions in football.

  18. gbatap says: Jul 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    Interesting.

    It’s probably close to the right ranking because there are a few ‘?’s on this team which could go either way but that said I think to start the season they deserve the benefit of the doubt and are at least a top 1/2 of the league team.

    What’s curious about the ranking is based on the teams not ranked yet you clearly have the Chargers ahead of the Chiefs. The same Chargers who were worse then the Chiefs last year, would have lost to the Chiefs 2nd stringers had it not been for two of the worst officiating calls of the season and who have the same “hard” schedule(even though SOS is probably the most overrated thing in July) as the Chiefs.

    Have the Chargers really done enough this offseason to leap frog the Chiefs?

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 14, 2014 9:03 PM

    I don’t think 2013 was a fluke so I would rank them in the top 12 teams predicting another playoff season.

  20. natelan says: Jul 14, 2014 9:19 PM

    As a Chargers fan, I’ve always liked the Chiefs and their fans, even in the 90′s when Arrowhead was impenetrable…

    But you’re kind of a jerk, based on your history of posts.

    Get your broom, going for another sweep on you this year. Last year was hilarious.

  21. natelan says: Jul 14, 2014 9:22 PM

    gbatap says:
    Jul 14, 2014 7:37 PM
    Interesting.

    It’s probably close to the right ranking because there are a few ‘?’s on this team which could go either way but that said I think to start the season they deserve the benefit of the doubt and are at least a top 1/2 of the league team.

    What’s curious about the ranking is based on the teams not ranked yet you clearly have the Chargers ahead of the Chiefs. The same Chargers who were worse then the Chiefs last year, would have lost to the Chiefs 2nd stringers had it not been for two of the worst officiating calls of the season and who have the same “hard” schedule(even though SOS is probably the most overrated thing in July) as the Chiefs.

    Have the Chargers really done enough this offseason to leap frog the Chiefs?

    ———————–

    The same Chargers who swept the Chiefs, split with Denver including beating them in Mile High and actually won a playoff game?

    The beginning of your season was a flukity-fluke-fluke-fluke and everyone in the world knows. You played nobodies all year.

  22. natelan69 says: Jul 14, 2014 9:38 PM

    kcthroughandthrough says:
    Jul 14, 2014 6:43 PM
    With the defense becoming a lot more aggressive.adding more pass rushers teams will have a hard time getting the ball off. Denver is the only true competition got kc. The raiders are what they have always been, a joke. The chargers have no talent other than an overrated Rivers. Hopefully this is the year Manning catches up to his age and injuries.
    ————————–
    Rivers, Gates, Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown. DJ Fluker, BRANDON FLOWERS, Cory Liguit, Donald Butler, Melvin Ingram, Eddie Royal, Eric Weddle, Danny Woodhead, Ryan Mathews…

    Now you list your team’s talent.

    That’s what I thought.

  23. zraskovich says: Jul 14, 2014 9:56 PM

    tougher schedule this year…bye-ee!!

  24. joetoronto says: Jul 15, 2014 5:23 AM

    The Chiefs will finish last this year, the house of cards crumbled last year.

  25. nickinneohio says: Jul 15, 2014 7:04 AM

    Every year a team comes out of nowhere and surprises the league. Last year it was the Chiefs.
    Who thought Houston would be as bad as they were.
    Everybody is 0 – 0 now. Optimism abound.
    By the end of the year several coaches and GMs will be looking for work.

  26. haleyistheman00 says: Jul 15, 2014 11:11 AM

    I love when people say the only wins they had were against no good teams. Last I checked it’s the NFL. They beat who they should of beat! Is there something wrong with that? You dismiss a team bc the beat crappy teams. Well I bet the eagles are gonna be high even though they got man handled by the Vikings during that amazing run. And if romo played that last game the eagles don’t win the division. If the chiefs do that same thing this year (beat the bad teams) they can still win 9-10 games. Haters gonna hate I guess

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