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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 3 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Fantasy surprise: WR Byron Pringle

What Pringle lacks in volume (three catches), he has made up for in impact (23-yard average per reception, including a 40-yard TD). Pringle is the steadiest of the Chiefs' wide receivers, not including Tyreek Hill. Pringle doesn't have the upside of Mecole Hardman or Demarcus Robinson but is a good route runner who is always where he is supposed to be and has reliable hands. -- Adam Teicher

NFL.com -- Rank: 2

As the Chiefs matriculated down the field in the final minutes of their Sunday night insta-classic against the Ravens, the only real drama seemed to be whether K.C. would go ahead on a Harrison Butker field goal or via some standard-issue greatness from Patrick Mahomes. Instead, Clyde Edwards-Helaire put the ball on the turf. The resulting turnover and ensuing failure of the defense to stop a fourth-and-1 Lamar Jackson carry at midfield sealed a crushing 36-35 loss. The game marked the first time the Chiefs were ever defeated in September with Mahomes under center.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

CHIEFS The defense has to be better than what it showed against the Ravens in the second half. Even Patrick Mahomes can't rescue them from that all the time. Now they get Justin Herbert this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

They're not in first place in the AFC West for the first time in nearly five years ... but let's not overreact to one untimely Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumble.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

It was jarring to watch Patrick Mahomes throw that interception while getting brought to the turf. And maybe the Chiefs should keep the ball in his hands when trying to set up a game-winning field goal. But is there a franchise that feels better about its quarterback than Kansas City? Mahomes has six touchdown passes and the one pick in two games. He's completed 76.1 percent of his passes. At times versus Cleveland and Baltimore, it looked like he could do whatever he wanted against the defense.

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