2021 NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Ravens knock off Chiefs, Raiders crack top 10

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Sep 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) calls a play from the line during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Kansas City Chiefs

Last rank: 2

You knew as soon as he said it, there was going to be bulletin board material. Patrick Mahomes this offseason said that the Kansas City Chiefs had a goal of going 20-0. Sure, every team wants to win every game but to come out and say this just invites teams to give you their best shot in every game — and after two weeks, that’s what the Chiefs have been given.

In Week 1, it was the Cleveland Browns who had jumped out to a huge lead but then allowed Kansas City to take it back. The defense then came up with a huge turnover to stop Baker Mayfield from a possible comeback.

Now in Week 2, they had a solid lead of their own taken away. Kansas City was up 28-17 at one point and 35-24 heading into the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens. But then Lamar Jackson scored two touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to put his team on top 36-35.

Kansas City was moving the ball down the field in hopes of a Harrison Butker game-winner but their 41-yard drive ended on the Baltimore 32 (which may have already been in his range) when Clyde Edwards-Helaire had the ball knocked out by rookie Odafe Oweh. Baltimore then ran the clock off thanks in large part to a gutsy fourth-down call.

For the Chiefs, they now sit at 1-1 but they could either be 2-0 or 0-2 — depending on how you look at it. Their offense is elite but they cannot afford to make any mistakes it seems, because teams are coming at them hard.

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