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

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Prediction we missed: The Chiefs would have a potent pass rush.

The Chiefs have just eight sacks, and their two highly paid rushers, Chris Jones and Frank Clark, have combined for only two. Entering Sunday's game against the Titans, the Chiefs were 28th in ESPN's pass rush win rate, getting pressure within 2.5 seconds on just 34% of the snaps. Jones, who is playing more snaps this season from an edge-rushing position, appeared poised to challenge his career-best single-season sack mark (15.5), but that's not going to happen. -- Adam Teicher

NFL.com -- Rank: 14

This was a Sunday of red flags ... and not the kind team personnel race across the field after touchdowns at Arrowhead. The Chiefs were down 24-0 before a pass rusher sniffed Ryan Tannehill. The Patrick Mahomes-led offense didn't convert its first third down until 12:46 remained in the game. And then there was the most somber of all scenes for Chiefs fans: Down 27-3, late in the third quarter and facing fourth-and-forever, Andy Reid sent out Harrison Butker to attempt a 57-yard field goal. Butker, like the rest of the Chiefs on Sunday, didn't come close. There are too many special players involved to count out K.C. -- but this is no longer a case of working out the kinks. The Chiefs have reached a crisis point.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

It's amazing they are down this low. The defense is awful, but the offense isn't doing anything either. They have a must-win game this week against the Giants. Can Patrick Mahomes get it going?

USA Today -- Rank: 13

Going back to Super Bowl 55, they've been torched for 29.3 points per game while averaging 24.6 and are -12 in turnover differential during that eight-game stretch. Time to get back to fundamentals, fellas.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Trick or treat: Week 7 was a straight-up horror movie for the Chiefs, from Patrick Mahomes' scary hit in the fourth quarter to turnover after turnover after turnover, to a defense that was helpless to stop any part of the Titans' offense. The only silver lining is that Mahomes' injury looked worse than it was and he'll be back in the lineup Monday night against the Giants.

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