The Kansas City Chiefs are starting the 2016 NFL season at number nine on the preseason ESPN Power Rankings.
Kansas City Chiefs football is starting to get some respect. ESPN released their preseason Power Rankings, and the Chiefs are debuting as the ninth best team in the NFL. Being ranked number nine in the NFL is a sign of just how far this team has come under the leadership of Andy Reid and John Dorsey.
Kansas City has been getting some respect from ESPN all offseason. Rankings for the Chiefs at the end of the 2015 season had them ninth and, with the exception of a one time drop to number ten after Free Agency, have remained steady in that number nine spot.
Fans can interpret a good bit about the expectations for the Chiefs this year. Kansas City has been consistently ranked with the top teams in the NFL this year. Some pundits have even listed the Chiefs as Super Bowl contenders. Reviews and expectations like these are a stark contrast from the dark days under Scott Pioli.
Why the rave reviews? ESPN mentions that the Kansas City Chiefs currently have a ten game winning streak in the regular season. A ten game winning streak is significantly longer than any other team in the league. The Chiefs finished the 2015 season on a strong run that carried them to their first playoff victory in a very long time.
Wont Be Easy, But Chiefs Can Do It
Unfortunately, the Chiefs have some familiar company when it comes to these rankings. Expectations are equally high for the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders who are ranked at number eight and eleven, respectively. Many pundits believe that the AFC West is going to be one of the tougher divisions in football this year.
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Andy Reid will have his work cut out for him this season if he wants to meet expectations. Fans expect the Kansas City Chiefs to win the AFC West, if not the Super Bowl. Meeting goals like that is a whole lot tougher when you have four games in your own division against top competition.
However, talent is not an issue as this Chiefs team offers a lot to like. General Manager John Dorsey has put together an impressive roster that continues to feature a strong defense, but has also been strengthened offensively side of the ball.
Also factoring into the higher expectations is Jamaal Charles’ return to the field. Kansas City has no issues at running back with Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, but Jamaal Charles is a next level talent who brings a totally different dynamic to the field.
Kansas City should be a contender in the 2016 NFL Season. Expectations are high, but deservedly so. Andy Reid and John Dorsey have put together a strong team that has gotten some major monkeys off their back. Things could fall apart for the Chiefs in 2016, but I’m having a hard time seeing it happen. A Super Bowl victory is within our grasp.