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NFL Power Rankings: Did the Chiefs Remain No. 1?

Posted Sep 26, 2017

Looking at what the national pundits have to say after Sunday’s 24-10 win over the Chargers

The Kansas City Chiefs stand as one of only two undefeated teams left in the NFL, and the only one in the AFC. The NFC’s Atlanta Falcons are also undefeated.

Led by their defense and running game, the Chiefs are coming off a 24-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday afternoon. It was their 12th straight win over a divisional opponent, which ties for the longest in franchise history and is also the longest current active streak in the NFL.

As is always the case on Tuesday mornings, the national pundits released their latest power rankings, which don’t really mean anything but are fun to look at nonetheless.

Last week, the Chiefs hit the No. 1 spot on NFL.com and Sports Illustrated’s rankings.

So, did they remain No. 1 after last week’s games? Yes.

Here’s what NFL.com had to say about the Chiefs at the No. 1 spot:

“The Chiefs hold the top spot in the rankings by holding serve in the first half on the road, then taking care of business in the second against the Chargers. While Justin Houston is my too-early Defensive Player of the Year (four sacks, 16 tackles and three batted balls already on the season), there was the unheralded Terrance Mitchell again Sunday. Everybody picking on him, like the frumpy kid picked last at kickball. Except said frumpy kid picked off your stud quarterback twice, notching two of the three key takeaways that pushed the Chiefs to 3-0 and the top of the AFC West.”

Check out their full rankings here.

The Chiefs received 11 of a possible 14 first-place votes on the latest rankings at Monday Morning Quarterback/Sports Illustrated, where they also remained No. 1.

For the second-straight week, the folks over at ESPN had the Chiefs come in at No. 2 behind the Falcons.

Here’s what they had to say:

Alex Smith: 51.7 Total QBR. Smith is completing a league-best 77 percent of his passes and leads the NFL with three touchdowns on passes thrown 30 or more yards downfield. The Chiefs will need that efficiency and deep passing to continue, as their next seven games are against teams that finished last season above .500.”

Check out their full rankings here.

The Chiefs host the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football this week—the first of three home primetime games at Arrowhead Stadium this year. The Redskins are coming off a big 27-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders last Sunday. 

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