The Kansas City Chiefs were ranked as "Next Level" in preseason power rankings from NFL.com, one level below the top teams in the league. They expect big things from the Cheifs, saying it "wouldn't be a surprise" to see them in the Super Bowl and "We expect a big step up for a youthful, talented Chiefs squad."
That's a considerably higher ranking than the Chiefs earned from SB Nation, where they were ranked No. 21 in early power rankings. SB Nation Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride took issue with that ranking, pointing to the same thing as NFL.com: potential.
The Chiefs' potential is much higher than their actual power ranking. This team has top 10 potential given the players returning from injury, including Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry. Assuming both come back healthy, the Chiefs have as good of a chance as anyone to win the AFC West. With Charles and Peyton Hillis running the rock, Matt Cassel won't be asked to be a hero, and the Chiefs could see a repeat of their 2010 season, which ended in a division title.
It's clear that the Chiefs could be capable of big things, but the proof, as always, is in the game.