ESPN’s latest NFL Power Rankings came out Tuesday and the Chiefs are 19th. Hard to argue with that placement at this point. Every team ranked above them won at least five more games than the Chiefs in 2012.
I have the Chiefs finishing 8-8, which might eventually put them a few spots higher than 19. But right now the Chiefs have so many unknowns that 19 is probably about right.
The good news for fans is that the Chiefs’ schedule is filled with opponents ranked below 19. The Chiefs have nine games against teams now ranked 24th and below. Included is Sunday’s regular-season opener in Jacksonville against the Jaguars, who are ranked 29th.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, have just three games against teams ranked in the top nine.