- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN's post-draft Power Rankings are out and the Kansas City Chiefs are in the middle of the pack. The Chiefs are 15th, and it makes sense they would be somewhere in the middle after an offseason that saw them lose more talent than they gained. The Chiefs finished last season 10th in the Power Rankings.
A couple of things trouble me as far as their ranking. Judging from the comments voters made about the Chiefs, they were marked down because they lost three offensive linemen to free agency. I think the Chiefs will be in better shape on the offensive line than many people believe. They Chiefs drafted a lot of linemen in the early rounds in recent years so they built up some nice depth there. That took a big hit with the loss of Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah but the Chiefs still should be able to survive there.
The other is that the Chiefs are immediately behind the Atlanta Falcons, who jumped 12 spots to No. 14. The Falcons made some strides during the offseason but after winning four games are they really ready to leap back into the top half of the league? They lost tight end Tony Gonzalez to retirement and among their free-agent additions were Asamoah, Tyson Jackson and Javier Arenas. Asamoah was benched midway through last season and Chiefs fans also remember Jackson and Arenas more for what they didn't accomplish as what they did during their time in Kansas City.
If these rankings were to hold true during the regular season, the Chiefs would claim the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. Denver, New England, Indianapolis and Cincinnati are ranked as division champions. Baltimore at No. 13 is the first wild-card and the Chiefs would hold off No. 16 San Diego and No. 17 Pittsburgh for that final playoff berth.
Also of note, the Chiefs will play five games against the top four rated teams. They'll have a home game on Nov. 16 against the No. 1 Seattle Seahawks, two games against the No. 2 Denver Broncos, a road game on Oct. 5 against the No. 3 San Francisco 49ers and a Monday night home game against the No. 4 New England Patriots on Sept. 29.