Here's the link to the article:NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs Get Biggest Dis from ESPN
If There was a Team Who Got Snubbed, it was the Chiefs
When ESPN released their preseason 2011 NFL Power Rankings, the Kansas City Chiefs were ranked No. 14.
They were the second lowest division champion only to Seattle, but by comparison for 2011, Seahawks haven't improved like the Chiefs.
Despite finishing with an 11-5 record, winning the AFC West for the first time since 2003, and having the game's best ground attack, it apparently wasn't enough to garner any respect.
Even division rival San Diego was ranked in front, and they only finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs.
Other teams ranked in front of them are the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both of which also missed the postseason in 2010.
Then you have the injury stricken Indianapolis Colts, who have a QB in Peyton Manning who's underwent two neck surgeries in his career, and hasn't played in the preseason.
Not to mention all their other injuries, and the skeptical defense they possess.
As for the Chiefs?
Well, although K.C. finished ranked No. 30 in passing, QB Matt Cassel still earned a Pro Bowl selection by throwing for over 3.100 yards, with 27 TDs and only seven picks.
And for this season?
Well, they have boosted the receiving core with slot man Steve Breaston (from the Cardinals), and rookie Jonathan Baldwin (despite attitude problems, still has a lot of talent).
Defensively they may be just as good.
Eric Berry has a year under his belt with Brandon Flowers in the secondary, while LB Derrick Johnson and DL Glenn Dorsey lead the front seven.
Not to mention there's rookie LB Justin Houston from Georgia, and young veteran Andy Studebaker at OLB.
In addition, Dexter McCluster is one of the game's best return men, as is Javier Arenas.
This season the Chiefs are a more all-encompassed franchise, and have no business not winning the AFC West.
Obviously all that remains to be seen, however, for what they accomplished last season, and for how they improved this offseason, Kansas City deserves to be ranked higher than mediocre.
Remember, this is the same company that owns Disney... Can we take them that seriously, knowing that?
Honestly, I think ESPN has it about right - for now. I think the Chiefs can move up tp 7 or 8 but they will have to prove it first. ESPN has the Bears ranked 13th and they had the 2nd best record in the NFC (11-5) last year, just behind the Falcons (12-4), who had a much easier schedule. but there is good reason for both of those rankings. The Bears played a lot of 2nd and 3rd string QBs and the Chiefs had a very easy schedule. That doesn't mean that either team couldn't have beat tougher competition, but they have yet to prove it.
This year the Chiefs have one of the Toughest schedules in the NFL. If they can do what they did last year, they will move up in the rankings.
The article said we went 11-5. Didnt we go 10-6?
The only reason a beer sweats around Canada is because he's decided it will be the next beer he drinks.
Yep, 10-6. I hate to agree with the home of Tony Cornholer, but I agree. We had some soft spots last year that were exposed by the better teams. We have to now earn a better ranking. I have every confidence we will.
That article is a joke, and that is why I never read bleacher report.
Besides the obvious error in record, this clown thinks that McCluster is one of the best return men in the NFL? Get real......
Out of all the teams he mentioned ahead of us in the power rankings, the only two that he mentioned that I agree should be below us are the Colts and Seahawks. Other than that, all the other teams should be above.
Just FYI, never look for reliable information as insight for football knowledge. It is just a bunch of homers that like writing about how great their favorite team is gonna be.
Ever YEAR the chargers get a big hype. Last year it was said how good they were and they were NEVER in first place. Its not even worth reading..
Well, they had won the division four straight years prior to last season, when they had the number one offense and defense in The NFL.
Pretty easy to chalk-up 2010 to a major underachievement.
The team didn't really lose a whole lot, and all of their divisional competition (Chiefs included) have yet to prove that they are at the same level.
Should The Chiefs, or The Raiders be as competitive as they were last season, then I think they will start to be taken as seriously as The Chargers, by the masses.
The general view of The Chiefs is going to be a team that benefited from The Chargers' mishaps, more than a team that proved themselves as a real force in The AFC West.
But, when you have last season's top rated defense, and the top rated offense, as well as having won the division for four consecutive years prior.... I think it's pretty reasonable to expect big things from you.
With the new rule pretty much eliminating kick returns, it helps level the playing field for the Chargers. But they do have a very difficult schedule and have a tendency to always start out slow.
Hopefully that trend will continue and the Chiefs can get a bit of a lead on them early to carry us through the toughest part of our schedule.