The Kansas City Chiefs watched the rest of the AFC West make major additions this offseason while KC traded away one of its best players in wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

The Denver Broncos added Pro-Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson, while the Las Vegas Raiders traded for star wide receiver Davante Adams.

Even the Los Angeles Chargers made a significant addition, landing potential future Hall of Fame pass rusher Khalil Mack from the Chicago Bears.

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Sep 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) practices before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Despite all those moves this offseason, the Chiefs are still viewed by The Athletic as the team to beat in the AFC West.

The Athletic revealed their post-draft power rankings this week and they have Kansas City at No. 3, behind the Los Angeles Rams at No. 2, and the Buffalo Bills at No. 1 (that one is kind of puzzling).

From The Athletic:

Life comes at you fast. Offseason changes mean just three offensive players from 2019’s Super Bowl-winning roster remain with the Chiefs: quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce and receiver Mecole Hardman. We are so curious to see what coaches Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy are scheming up for version 2.0 of the Mahomes offense now that Tyreek Hill is gone.

It says a lot that folks are “down” on the Chiefs and they’re still viewed as the best team in the AFC West, which might be the best division in the NFL (I think any of the teams in the AFC West could win any other division in the NFL).

The absence of Hill will undoubtedly be felt by the Chiefs’ offense this season. But Patrick Mahomes is still the best quarterback in the NFL. And that’s the most important ingredient to success. As long as Mahomes is healthy, the Chiefs are the team to beat in the AFC.

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