Breaking down AFC West Power Rankings

ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 17 were released Wednesday. Here are my thoughts on how the AFC West teams fared in the rankings:

Kansas City Chiefs

Power Ranking: 11

My Power Ranking range: 7-9

Why: This team is not a fluke. It’s time the Chiefs receive due credit.

San Diego Chargers

Power Ranking: 14

My Power Ranking range: 14-16

Why: The 2010 Chargers proved that talent isn’t the only ingredient needed for success.

Oakland Raiders

Power Ranking: 17

My Power Ranking range: 17-19

Why: The Raiders’ defense is giving up way too many points.

Denver Broncos

Power Ranking: 31

My Power Ranking range: 31

Why: The Broncos are ranked where they belong, but Tim Tebow gave the team hope last week.