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NFL Power Rankings: Where do Chiefs Rank After a Dominant Win Over Patriots?

Posted Sep 12, 2017

The latest NFL power rankings have been released

The Kansas City Chiefs’ dominant 42-27 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last Thursday has gotten everyone’s attention.

The latest power rankings at NFL.com were released Tuesday morning, and the Chiefs come in at the No. 2 spot this week—rising up from No. 7 a week ago.  

Here’s what NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison had to say about the Chiefs:

“Huge win for the Chiefs over New England, although it shouldn't have been considered a huge upset in retrospect. The Patriots are the defending champs, but they must absorb injuries like every other roster in the league. You knew Alex Smith was going to be ready to play and keep a rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes in a baseball cap and on the Kansas City sideline. From a matchup standpoint, Smith's front five is better than New England's front seven. And like Bill Belichick, Chiefs coach Andy Reid had all offseason to prepare.

“The shockers? Rookie Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt fumbling for the first time since before college, then rumbling to arguably the best debut in the history of the NFL. Also the clutch play from corner Terrance Mitchell, who, since 2014, has been waived by the Cowboys, the Bears, the Cowboys again, the Texans and the Chiefs before being re-signed by K.C. last year. And there he was on "Thursday Night Football," holding his own against the best quarterback in the world.”

Rounding out the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders come in at No. 4, the Denver Broncos at No. 16, and the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 22.

Click here for the full rankings and breakdown.

Furthermore, the latest rankings at ESPN.com have the Chiefs at No. 3—rising from No. 8 last week. 

Here’s what they had to say:

“Alex Smith threw four touchdown passes, Kareem Hunt set a league record with 246 yards from scrimmage in his NFL debut and Tyreek Hill scored another 60-yard TD. Possible overreaction: If the offense keeps it up, the Chiefs are the team to beat in the AFC. FPI currently agrees, giving them a league-best 90 percent chance of making the playoffs.”

The Raiders come in at No. 4, the Broncos at No. 5, and the Chargers at No. 22.

While these rankings don’t mean much, there is a buzz about this team after an impressive win on the road against one of the league’s best teams. 

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