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

ESPN -- Rank: 9

If the Chiefs can play defense like they did in Sunday's win over Washington instead of how they did in the first five games, the AFC West title is within reach. If they can do that and limit turnovers -- they have a league-high 14 giveaways -- then they will win it. But those are two big ifs. The problem with the Chiefs is not their 3-3 record but the way they've played for much of the first six weeks. -- Adam Teicher

NFL.com -- Rank: 9

For two quarters on Sunday, the Chiefs looked as lost as ever. The turnover epidemic was only intensifying, with three in the first half -- including perhaps the ugliest single play in Patrick Mahomes' career. They were clearly pressing, but they didn't panic. Kansas City came out of the tunnel and dominated, shutting out Washington on defense, while Mahomes authored the cleanest half of the season, completing 19 of his 24 attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover, ultimately producing a 31-13 win. A comfortable blowout was just what this team needed, but the Chiefs know they must put together complete games to truly turn their season around.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

Against Washington, they finally looked closer to the Super Bowl team from the past two years. The defense wasn't a disaster, which is progress.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

They've had a lot of great backs and tight ends here over the years. But Tyreek Hill is staking claim as best wideout in team history, his 63 TDs most in Kansas City history among receivers and one behind RB Jamaal Charles for third place overall.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Rookie Heat Check: The Chiefs didn't have a first-round pick, thanks to the trade with Baltimore for left tackle Orlando Brown, but a pair of second-rounders have been getting a lot of early-season snaps. Linebacker Nick Bolton, who has started all six games, led the Chiefs with nine tackles Sunday against Washington. Center Creed Humphrey, meanwhile, has played more than 400 snaps and allowed one sack and three pressures, two of which came against Washington. He's been consistent and especially strong as a run blocker.

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