POWER RANKINGS

Chiefs Take Top Spot for AFC in Latest NFL Power Rankings

With 10 consecutive wins, the Chiefs have earned respect from around the league

The Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) are the hottest team in the NFL with 10 consecutive victories, and they'll head south to take on the Houston Texans (9-7) on Saturday afternoon at 3:35 p.m. CT in the first game of the 2015 NFL Playoffs.

After their 23-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders last Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs have maintained their No. 4 spot in NFL.com's latest Power Rankings.

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With the New England Patriots' 20-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, they dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 in this week's ranking, which means the Chiefs are now the top-ranked team in the AFC as the playoffs get started this weekend.

The top three teams are the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals—all from the NFC.

From 1-5 to 11-5 and a playoff berth, here's a look at how the tumultuous season for the Chiefs has been reflected in their NFL.com Power Rankings.

Week

Date

Record

Rank

1

September 8

0-0

No. 7

2

September 15

1-0

No. 4

3

September 22

1-1

No. 6

4

September 29

1-2

No. 12

5

October 6

1-3

No. 17

6

October 13

1-4

No. 25

7

October 20

1-5

No. 30

8

October 27

2-5

No. 27

9

November 3 (BYE)

2-5

No. 23

10

November 10

3-5

No. 24

11

November 17

4-5

No. 22

12

November 24

5-5

No. 13

13

December 1

6-5

No. 10

14

December 8

7-5

No. 9

15

December 15

8-5

No. 8

16

December 22

9-5

No. 7

17

December 29

10-5

No. 4

Playoffs

January 5

11-5

No. 4

The biggest jump for the Chiefs came after their 33-3 win over the Chargers back in Week 11, when they went from No. 22 all the way up to No. 13 in that next week's ranking. Four of their five losses this season came against teams currently ranked in the top 11, and three of those teams (Bengals, Packers, Vikings) are in the playoffs.

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