It’s that time of year again.
With the onset of another football season brings the return of weekly NFL “power rankings” from around the web. So, what do the experts think of the Kansas City Chiefs after Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers?
The consensus is that Kansas City (1-0) is a top-12 team in the league.
NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison ranked the Chiefs at No. 11 in his rankings, up from a pre-season listing of No. 17.
Here’s what Harrison had to say:
The Chiefs, up two scores on the Chargers late in the third quarter, are driving ... Kansas City has Tyreek Hill (who already had gone off multiple times), Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt at its disposal. So, Patrick Mahomes goes where? How about Anthony Sherman, running a fullback wheel route to perfection, with a perfectly laid-in ball that puts the Chiefs up by 19 points. What a throw from Mahomes on what evolved into a banner day.
The folks over at ESPN also came away impressed with Kansas City’s performance on offense, ranking the Chiefs at No. 6 overall, and behind only the New England Patriots (No. 2) and Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 5) in the AFC.
ESPN analyst Vincent Johnson cited the duo of wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins in his explanation of the Chiefs’ high ranking.
Sammy Watkins recorded three catches for 21 yards in his Chiefs debut and largely played in the shadow of Tyreek Hill, who had an all-time great game. Watkins' second catch was a 16-yard reception in the third quarter, instrumental in setting up the Chiefs' touchdown two plays later.
Bleacher Report, who ranked the Chiefs at No. 7, took things a step further:
The 1999 St. Louis Rams were the most entertaining offense of the 1990s. The 2007 New England Patriots were the most entertaining offense of the 2000s. Might the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs take that crown for the 2010s? If quarterback Patrick Mahomes keeps lobbing deep balls to wideout Tyreek Hill all season, that can be the case. That offense looks unstoppable right now.
The Chiefs will look to keep things rolling this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1).