Week 1 power rankings: AFC West

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Our Week 1 power rankings have been released.

We have streamlined the voting process. I no longer have a vote. AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky is the AFC representative.

I still have an opinion though, so here goes:

San Diego

• Power ranking: 5th

• My ranking range: 4-8

Why: The Chargers are a top-tier team if they stay healthy.


• Power ranking: 27th

My ranking range: 26-29

• Why: After watching this team in camp and in the preseason, I think this ranking is about right, but I don’t necessarily think this team is the second best team in the division.

Kansas City

• Power ranking: 29th

• My ranking range: 28-31

• Why: I think Chiefs are in the right spot and they may stay in this range for awhile.


• Power ranking: 30th

• My ranking range: 26-29

• Why: I don’t think the Raiders are being terribly underrated here, but I don’t think they are the worst team in this division.