It should come as little surprise that Elliot Harrison’s final power rankings of the season for NFL.com have the Eagles at No. 1, followed by the Patriots.
A bit startling is where the Chiefs are ranked: No. 16.
Harrison wrote that these rankings are based on where “teams stack up at the end of the 2017 season combined with an early outlook for 2018.”
That would explain why the Chiefs are behind five teams that missed the playoffs in Harrison’s rankings: Packers, Chargers, Texans, Seahawks and 49ers.
Yep, the Chargers.
Here is part of what Harrison wrote: “They imploded in the playoffs, having apparently decided that giving Kareem Hunt the football was like freebasing gluten. It was very Romeo Crennel-Jamaal Charles-ish. They got rid of their starting quarterback, who led the NFL in passer rating and turned (rather, demolished) the table on the narrative he couldn’t throw the deep ball. Even without Alex Smith, Kansas City is near the bottom of the league in terms of cap room, and the Chiefs have no first-round pick this year. The defense has many holes. They also need wide receiver help. Let’s not forget that dealing Smith means they’re putting a heckuva lot of faith in Patrick Mahomes.”
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Two other outlets made their early 2018 power rankings:
▪ ESPN’s John McTigue had the Chiefs at No. 12. He wrote: “A career year from Alex Smith still didn’t change the Chiefs’ playoff luck. And with Smith being dealt to the Redskins, it looks as if it’ll be Patrick Mahomes’ time in 2018.”
▪ The Chiefs were ranked 16th by Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News. “Patrick Mahomes has a lot of confidence in himself — and his teammates have a lot of confidence in him — but it’s hard to know what to expect from Andy Reid’s team as the offense turns the page,” Iyer wrote.