AFC West roster power rankings after the preseason: Chargers shock the world

Where do the Chargers stack up compared to their AFC West peers?
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2. Kansas City Chiefs

Wow! Talk about a shocker. There is definitely a litany of Kansas City Chiefs fans who are not happy with the Chiefs ranking second in this power ranking as they have dominated the AFC West for several years now.

This does not mean that the Chiefs are going to finish second in the AFC West. Again, there are other factors outside of overall talent that contribute to winning. In addition to coaching and schedule, there is also composure and the ability to not get in your own way which leads to wins.

That is part of the reason why the Chiefs are so great. Like the New England Patriots before them, the Chiefs have established a winning culture and very rarely do things to lose football games. If another team is going to beat the Chiefs it is because they earned it, not because the Chiefs handed it away.

When factoring in just overall roster talent, it is fair to say that the Chiefs aren't the most talented in the division. They have the best quarterback on the planet, and that does a lot of heavy lifting, but the Chargers also have an elite quarterback so the gap is not incredibly massive.

The offensive line is great and Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the sport. Kansas City also has an underrated defense. It won't win games for the Chiefs but there definitely are playmakers on that side of the ball.

The difference between this Chiefs team and previous Chiefs teams (that definitely would've ranked No. 1 on this list) is the questionable wide receiver room and the fact that Chris Jones probably won't be playing until Week 8.