Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

NFL power rankings: Chiefs remain clear favorites in AFC

Behind the prowess of Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid, it’s hard to look beyond the Kansas City Chiefs for next season’s NFL power rankings.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars

This is a rebuilding year in Duval. If Gardner Minshew proves he’s the long-term solution, it’s a successful campaign for the Jaguars.

15. New York Jets

The Jets are a complete mess. It’s tough seeing Adam Gase as the answer at head coach, and now the defense is without C.J. Mosley (COVID opt out) and Jamal Adams (trade). Just a brutal situation.

14. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati is going to be fun behind Joe Burrow and a cast of solid weapons. The problem is a defense which could allow 30 points per game.

13. Miami Dolphins

Miami is undoubtedly trending in the right direction. However, the Dolphins have a young team and ample free-agent additions who didn’t have the proper offseason to gel. Could be a tough start.


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12. Las Vegas Raiders

Much like the Bengals, the Raiders should score plenty of points. The issue is going to be playing in a very good division without anybody who can cover at a Pro Bowl level. It’s a tall order.

11. Los Angeles Chargers

If the Chargers were going to get good quarterback play, pencil them in for the playoffs. While the defense looks loaded, the offense will sputter if Tyrod Taylor doesn’t have a career year and then some.

10. Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson is the only reason Houston is this high on the list. You could make a compelling argument no decent team got worse this offseason.

9. Cleveland Browns

Hard to go higher than this with the Browns. Cleveland has talent all over the offense and a new head coach in Kevin Stefanski. Prove-it time for Baker Mayfield.

8. Denver Broncos

Denver is similar to the Raiders and Bengals, but with a much better defense. The weapons are excellent. The question for the Broncos is whether Drew Lock is capable of a playoff run.

7. New England Patriots

The NFL power rankings don’t look as good for the Pats this year. If Cam Newton is healthy, the Patriots will contend for a playoff spot. If not, they’ll have a top-10 pick.


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6. Indianapolis Colts

Philip Rivers needs to find one more quality year in his satchel. If Rivers can do so, the Colts have enough talent to compete for the AFC South crown.

5. Tennessee Titans

Can Ryan Tannehill be good again, and will Derrick Henry lead the league in rushing? Tennessee needs both answers to be in the affirmative.

4. Buffalo Bills

If Josh Allen takes a step forward, look out.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have a ton of talent, but the entire seasons riding on whether Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow can hold up for another season.

2. Baltimore Ravens

The loss of Earl Thomas is going to sting, but the rest of the unit remains strong and the running game is absurd. It’s all about January.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid. Good luck

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