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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Kansas City Chiefs rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Player who must step up: WR Mecole Hardman

With Sammy Watkins moving on and the Chiefs in need of a second wide receiving threat, this was to be the season Hardman proved he could be trusted as an every-down receiver. It hasn't happened. While Hardman is third on the team in catches, he has few big plays, a 10.1 yard per catch average and just one touchdown. If Hardman doesn't make a move in what remains of the campaign, the Chiefs will be shopping for receiving help in the offseason. -- Adam Teicher

NFL.com -- Rank: 5

This is the new normal. The Chiefs are winning every week because of their defense, not because of Patrick Mahomes and an offense that remains lost in the fog. Penalties, turnovers and a stunning dearth of big plays have come to define Andy Reid's attack, and we're now well past the point where you can look at Kansas City's body of work on offense and call it a slump. This is who they are, and one bad day at the office for Steve Spagnuolo's defense might be all it takes to make the defending conference champions disappear in January. You don't win Super Bowls with a broken offense -- is it even possible to make a fix before the season ends?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

The offense still doesn't look right, but the defense is playing outstanding football. There is no way we could have imagined this script for this team right now.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

Coach Andy Reid is now 20-3 following bye weeks in the regular season -- all the more reason for Kansas City to continue its surge toward what could be its fourth consecutive postseason initiated with a week off.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Best-case scenario: It's incredible that the Chiefs have reclaimed control of the AFC West and are back in the Super Bowl contender conversation without being carried by Patrick Mahomes. In the Chiefs' best-case scenario, Mahomes becomes Superman again and finds ways to hit the explosive, downfield throws that have been missing for much of the season. Mahomes is 19th in the league in yards per attempt (7.1), a full yard short of his career average, and he's already tied his career high for interceptions (12). If he can improve on both fronts, the Chiefs could be in position for another playoff run.

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