The Kansas City Chiefs kicked off the season with a victory last Thursday night, and when looking at the various "power rankings" across the league, the experts believe the reigning Super Bowl champions are still on top in 2020.
For starters, NFL.com has Kansas City in the No. 1 spot ahead of Baltimore, Green Bay, New Orleans and Tennessee. Analyst Dan Hanzus was particularly impressed with rookie tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the Chiefs' ability to run the ball in their victory over Houston.
"Edwards-Helaire was the story against Houston, piling up 138 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He is yet another piece of an offense that might be functionally impossible to stop."
The folks at ESPN agreed with that assessment as they also have the Chiefs atop their rankings along with additional praise for Kansas City's rookie running back.
"He added another dimension to the Chiefs' offense with his ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Edwards-Helaire, who rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries Thursday, is difficult to knock off his feet and should continue to gain yards after contact. He averaged a healthy 2.68 yards after contact in his debut against the Texans."
Elsewhere, analyst Mitch Golditch of Sports Illustrated is so impressed with the Chiefs this season that he was open to keeping Kansas City at No. 1 regardless of Thursday's result.
"Honestly, I might have kept the Chiefs in the No. 1 spot even if they'd lost to Houston. They are that good. Of course, they didn't put me in a position to have to do that—reminding everyone exactly how good they are with a win on the season's opening night."
The Chiefs are the top team in the NFL a week into their title-defense season, and they'll look to stay in the win column this weekend with a trip to Los Angeles to take on the rival Chargers.