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    NFL power rankings: Chiefs clear atop AFC

    By Matt Verderame
    Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

    The first week of football is behind us, and the NFL power rankings are already shaken up significantly in the AFC.

    16. Jacksonville Jaguars

    Urban Meyer has to be wondering how quickly he can get back into the college game. Just a brutal effort.

    15. New York Jets

    The line can’t protect Zach Wilson at all. It’s tough to imagine the Jets beating Bill Belichick and the Patriots with that front.

    14. Houston Texans

    Great job by first-year head coach David Culley and veteran Tyrod Taylor, who have been written off since they showed up.

    13. Cincinnati Bengals

    Joe Burrow played well, Ja’Marr Chase made some plays, and perhaps most importantly, the defense showed up and got to Kirk Cousins.

    12. Indianapolis Colts

    The Colts have to get healthy. Indy couldn’t block in front of Carson Wentz and then got bullied at times, allowing 28 points.

     

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    11. Las Vegas Raiders

    What the hell just happened? Who knows, but the Raiders are 1-0.

    10. Denver Broncos

    The Broncos did their job against the New York Giants, holding down a bad quarterback while avoiding any big mistakes.

    9. New England Patriots

    Hard way to start the season by losing a home divisional game. Have to beat the Jets this weekend.

    8. Tennessee Titans

    What to make of that showing? The Titans were bad on both sides of the ball in a 38-13 blowout loss to the Cardinals. Ugly.

    7. Miami Dolphins

    The Dolphins can play defense and protect Tua Tagovailoa from having to win the game. It’s a winning formula for head coach Brian Flores.

    6. Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens have to be sick about losing a game they didn’t trail in until the final play. Now they have a short week to prepare for the Chiefs.

    5. Pittsburgh Steelers

    The offense still looks stuck in the mud, but the defense is terrific. Pittsburgh is going to be in most games this year.

     

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    4. Los Angeles Chargers

    Justin Herbert is a stud, the new coaching staff seemed refreshingly competent, and the Chargers finished off a close game.

    3. Cleveland Browns

    Brutal loss for the Browns, who outplayed the Chiefs for 50 minutes before suffering a pair of turnovers and allowing 14 unanswered points.

    2. Buffalo Bills

    Can’t feel great, but the Bills remain a top contender. Josh Allen will need to be better this weekend as Buffalo visits the Dolphins.

    1. Kansas City Chiefs

    Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill went off, Travis Kelce scored twice, and the Chiefs continue to find ways even when they aren’t at their best.