Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: The Broncos Are Starting To Slide

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17. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 15)

Kansas City has played three seasons this year — 2-3 to start the year, then 5-0, followed by 2-3 again. The ‘middle-of-the-year’ Chiefs obviously looked like another version of what they brought to the table last year, but they simply dug themselves too deep a whole this time around. With three division losses, including a sweep at the hands of the Broncos, the Chiefs had already been eliminated from the AFC West. With their loss in Pittsburgh, their fate officially has been left in the hands of others. At least, assuming every single factor doesn’t go the Chiefs’ way, the two years of quarterback Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid should give hope that a respectable product will be displayed on the field each season.

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