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NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs Land At No. 16 On NFL.com List

The Chiefs come in the middle of the pack in the latest NFL Power Rankings at NFL.com.

June 12, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) throws a pass during minicamp activities at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
June 12, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) throws a pass during minicamp activities at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Chiefs typically reside in the middle ground of an NFL Power Rankings column, and the latest list from Elliot Harrison is no different. WIth the Chiefs at No. 16 on his list, it's clear that everyone perceives the team as a potential playoff contender or a team with too many holes to fill.

"Whether the Chiefs can escape the forthcoming 8-8 melee to win the AFC West rests on more than just Matt Cassel's right arm," writes Harrison. "The quarterback has been the focus of much talk regarding Kansas City's fortunes, but the Chiefs must get better play at the point, i.e., nose tackle. Rookie Dontari Poe needs to win the job over Anthony Toribio (who?). There's also room for improvement at outside linebacker; second-year man Justin Houston could do a lot for this team by taking a load off Tamba Hali on the other side."

The Chiefs did not make the move at quarterback that several analysts believe they needed to, but it's hard to deny the roster talent all around him and the imposing defense under Romeo Crennel.

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