NFL Power Rankings, Week 14: Eagles look to keep NFC East race interesting

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2. Kansas City Chiefs

In their first game since releasing Kareem Hunt, the Kansas City Chiefs were barely able to hang on for the win over the Oakland Raiders thanks to another strong outing by Patrick Mahomes II to continue making a strong case for the MVP award. The Chiefs knew back in the offseason they were taking a risk by going with Mahomes as the full-time starter in 2018 instead of Alex Smith, but when seeing how quickly he’s become a top quarterback in the league, no one is questioning the decision.

Losing Hunt was definitely a crushing blow to this offense when seeing how effective he was as both a runner and receiver, but the good news is Kansas City has done an amazing job building a strong offense around their beloved quarterback. Take a look at Travis Kelce for example, as the tight end had one of his better games in Week 13 by catching 12 passes for 168 yards to go along with two scores.

Moving forward, Mahomes will continue to heavily rely on teammates like Kelce and Tyreek Hill to put the Chiefs in better position to lock up the top seed in the AFC. Since the New England Patriots and Houston Texans have kept things close, every win will be extremely important for Kansas City during these final four weeks.