POWER RANKINGS

NFL Power Rankings: The Chiefs Continue to Climb After Sunday’s Victory Over San Francisco

Another week, another victory for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday to stay perfect on the season, and once again, Kansas City won in impressive fashion.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the offense on five-consecutive scoring drives to begin the game, mounting the Chiefs’ largest first-half scoring onslaught in five years.

Overall, Kansas City is off to its best offensive start through three weeks in franchise history with 118 points already, and Mahomes’ 13 touchdowns are the most through three games in NFL history.

It’s all added up to a 3-0 record on the season and an exponential climb in the weekly “NFL Power Rankings” from around the web.

NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison has the Chiefs at No. 2 in his rankings, up two spots from last week and behind only the Los Angeles Rams.

Here’s a portion of what Harrison had to say:

They say records were made to be broken, but this Patrick Mahomes pace reminds me of only one person and year: Dan Marino, 1984. Mahomes is already well ahead of Dan The Man's touchdown stride (Marino's then-record-setting 48 scoring tosses remain the most ever by a second-year player) at this point, although Marino's torrid pace down the back stretch will be tough to equal once opponents acquire more tape on the K.C. phenom.

The folks over at ESPN also slotted the Chiefs in at No. 2 behind Los Angeles, moving up one spot from last week. Yahoo! Sports and Bleacher Report agreed with that assessment, ranking Kansas City at No. 2 behind the Rams.

Bleacher Report cited Mahomes’ record-breaking start in its analysis of the Chiefs’ high ranking:

So, this Patrick Mahomes kid might be legit.

One week after setting an NFL record for the most touchdown passes over the first two starts of a season, Mahomes went one better against the 49ers. His three scoring passes in the first half against San Francisco gave him 13 for the season.

Never in the history of the league has a quarterback thrown that many touchdown passes over the first three games in a season.

It’s still early, but the Chiefs’ Week 11 matchup with the Rams in Mexico City has all the makings of a showdown between two of the league’s very best teams.

For now, however, Kansas City will look to maintain its perfect record this week against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.

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