KC Chiefs: Peter King Ranks Chiefs Fourth On Power Rankings


Sports Illustrated’s Peter King released his power rankings for the 32 NFL teams heading into the summer and the KC Chiefs were one of the biggest surprises landing at fourth on the list behind only the Green Bay Packers who are third, Seattle Seahawks at fourth, and the Baltimore Ravens who top the list.

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Peter King had the following to say about why the Chiefs were so high on his list.

"Two things must happen: making Justin Houston contractually happy and finding some answers in the passing game. I like most everything else about the Chiefs’ ability to play in January."

There is no reason to believe that Justin Houston will not be available come week one of the regular season and Houston doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy that wouldn’t give full effort during a game. I still agree with King that locking Houston up before the season would go a long way towards his confidence this season.

As far as the passing game goes the KC Chiefs made some moves to be sure that they don’t have a repeat of 2014 in 2015. They parted ways with one of the best wide receivers to ever wear a Chiefs uniform in Dwayne Bowe who then joined the Cleveland Browns.

The Chiefs went out and signed Jeremy Maclin to replace Bowe as the top target for Alex Smith. Maclin was voted as the 61st best player on the NFL top 100 as voted on by other players. Maclin has big shoes to fill but he certainly has the talent. He gives the Chiefs a legitimate deep threat and should be able to score touchdowns which is something the Chiefs wide receiving corp were not able to do last season.

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The KC Chiefs weren’t just satisfied with making a change at the top wide receiver position, they also released Anthony Fasano which paved the way for their talented young tight end Travis Kelce to take over the starting role. Kelce had a breakout season in 2014 and great things look to be in store for him in 2015 and beyond. Don’t be surprised to see the Chiefs to target a veteran tight end in free agency to back up Kelce.

To top off the changes in the passing game the KC Chiefs drafted Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley in the third round, and North Illinois wide receiver Da’Ron Brown in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Conley has the talent to compete for the second or third wide receiver spot and competition is something the Chiefs have been missing at wide receiver.

It is still a surprise that the Chiefs are ranked so high especially being ranked of the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots who are fifth, but it’s nice to see the national media taking note of the potential of the KC Chiefs.

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