2023 NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Kansas City Chiefs in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Player: DT Chris Jones
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

Jones could be in his final season with the Chiefs. After holding out of training camp looking for a raise, Jones received incentives in a new contract that would allow him to earn more than the $19.5 million he was scheduled to make this season under his old contract, sources told ESPN. The sides were never close to an agreement on a long-term extension. Unless Jones is willing to accept less from the Chiefs to remain in Kansas City next year, it's difficult to picture them coming to an agreement. The franchise tag is a possibility but would probably be too pricey for the Chiefs. -- Adam Teicher

NFL.com -- Rank: 2

I heard some chirping about my decision to drop the Chiefs only one spot in these rankings after they lost in Week 1. My defense of that move started and ended with Travis Kelce and Chris Jones. They were back on the field in Week 2, and they each made their imprint on the gutsy win at Jacksonville. Kelce scored on what looked like a blowing-off-steam drive, and Jones had multiple huge plays: a fourth-down sack, another half sack and a batted pass, in addition to multiple pressures against the Jaguars' Anton Harrison. Having those two playing allowed Patrick Mahomes to have a merely mortal game, and the Chiefs secured a big win. They aren't going anywhere for now.

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2023 NFL Predictions: AFC West

Updated: Thursday, September 7th

Before the start of the season, I will post my NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, I've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totalled them up.

With that said, here are our early AFC West projections for each team including their win total.

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Projected Wins: 10.7

The Chiefs are the defending champs! They have the league's best quarterback and reigning NFL MVP, and one of the best coaches of all time.

Two big challenges could be the absence of Travis Kelce and/or Chris Jones. Kelce has seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons heading into his age-34 season. While he's been incredibly durable, the offense centers around Kelce and he's currently dealing with a hyper-extended knee. It's possible that only causes him to miss one game, if any, but his status is a reminder of how much his absence could impact the offense.

JuJu Smith-Schuster departed in free agency, and the team is likely to rely on Skyy Moore to lead the receiving corps in receiving and he posted a 22/250/0 line as a second-round rookie last year. The Chiefs also have one of the league's best offensive lines — an elite interior line returns and will be joined by newcomers Donovan Smith and Jawaan Taylor to play tackle.

Meanwhile, Jones was a 2022 AP First-Team All-Pro selection and had a dominant season with 15.5 sacks, the second time of his career with exactly 15.5 sacks). Per PFF, he led all interior defenders with 77 total pressures last season, and the next closest was Dexter Lawrence (63). The Chiefs will have a mediocre defense for as long as Jones continues his holdout.

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2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Kansas City Chiefs

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Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Patrick Mahomes614410.84727.835.9211.9757.7288.52.31351.56
Blaine Gabbert40.925.6282.21.551.196.417.60.1317.65

Patrick Mahomes: Despite losing Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins, Mahomes didn't miss a beat and won his second NFL MVP award in 2022. He threw for 5,250 yards and 41 touchdowns, both of which led the NFL last season. While he doesn't have as much rushing upside as Josh Allen or Jalen Hurts, he has more than 300 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons and multiple rushing scores in five consecutive seasons.

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Kansas City Chiefs: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2023.

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WeekDateOpponentTime (ET) / Tickets
Week 1Thu., Sep. 7vs. Detroit LionsL 20-21
Week 2Sun., Sep. 17at Jacksonville JaguarsW 17-9
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24vs. Chicago Bears4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1at New York Jets8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 5Sun., Oct. 8at Minnesota Vikings4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 6Thu., Oct. 12vs. Denver Broncos8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 7Sun., Oct. 22vs. Los Angeles Chargers4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29at Denver Broncos4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5vs. Miami Dolphins9:30 AM / Tickets
Week 10BYE
Week 11Mon., Nov. 20vs. Philadelphia Eagles8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 12Sun., Nov. 26at Las Vegas Raiders4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 13Sun., Dec. 3at Green Bay Packers8:20 PM / Tickets
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10vs. Buffalo Bills4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 15Mon., Dec. 18at New England Patriots8:15 PM / Tickets
Week 16Mon., Dec. 25vs. Las Vegas Raiders1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31vs. Cincinnati Bengals4:25 PM / Tickets
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7at Los Angeles ChargersTBD / Tickets

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Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Kansas City Chiefs from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Kansas City Chiefs:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (5/9)

32. Javon Bullard, S, Georgia

It appears that Bullard will move from the nickel/STAR role to strong safety to replace Christopher Smith II in 2023. The versatile defensive back was the defensive MVP of both College Football Playoff games and finished last season with 46 tackles, seven TFLs, 3.5 sacks, seven QB hurries and a pair of interceptions.

CBS Sports - Josh Edwards (5/8)

32. Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

The Chiefs could be looking to conserve salary cap space and moving on from Joe Thuney allows them to do it.

ESPN - Todd McShay (5/4)

32. Graham Barton, OT, Duke

I don't know who will end up winning the Super Bowl and picking at the end of the first round, but since we went off championship odds for this exercise, Kansas City has the honor here... again. The Chiefs signed Jawaan Taylor, but Lucas Niang has only started nine games in his career and missed nearly all of the 2022 season with a torn patellar tendon, and Donovan Smith is turning 30. Barton is 6-foot-5 and 311 pounds, and he has 30 starts under his belt. If the Chiefs are happy with their offensive line or opt to reload that group in free agency, maybe they bring in a receiver for Patrick Mahomes like LSU's Malik Nabers or boost the run game with a running back like Ohio State's TreVeyon Henderson.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (5/2)

32. Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota

Nubin would have been a Day 2 pick had he declared for the 2023 draft, but he elected to return to Minnesota for his senior year. With his athleticism and opportunistic ball skills, he has NFL starting ability.

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Kansas City Chiefs - 2023 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2023 NFL Draft picks selected by the Kansas City Chiefs.

131Felix Anudike-UzomahEDGEKansas State
255Rashee RiceWRSMU
392Wanya MorrisOTOklahoma
4119Chamarri ConnerCBVirginia Tech
5166B.J. ThompsonEDGEStephen F. Austin
6194Keondre CoburnDTTexas
7250Nic JonesCBBall State

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