The Kansas City Chiefs dropped a thriller on Monday night, falling to the Los Angeles Rams, 54-51, in the third-highest scoring game in NFL history.
The contest was the first meeting of teams each with one or fewer losses this late in the season in five years, and while the Chiefs came up just short, the performance still left the experts from around the web impressed.
NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison has the Chiefs as the No. 3 team in the league – and the top squad in the AFC - according to his latest "NFL power rankings," slotting Kansas City in just behind New Orleans and Los Angeles.
Here's a portion of what Harrison had to say:
"How do you quibble with anything 2018 Chiefs-related after seeing them score 51 points on the road in a game they weren't even supposed to be playing in this country? Kansas City proved, again, it can hang with any opponent in the NFL. The Chiefs are 9-2, with quality wins over the Chargers and Steelers, and one-score losses to the Patriots and Rams."
The folks at ESPN agreed with that ranking, listing the Chiefs at No. 3 behind the Saints and Rams. Analyst Adam Teicher cited the electric play of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw for a career-high 478 yards and six touchdowns on Monday night, in his explanation of the Chiefs' high ranking.
"Even though he's in his first season as the starter, Mahomes looks like he's going to be one of the best for many years to come."
Here's what SI analyst Mitch Goldich had to say about Kansas City:
The Chiefs put on a show in their 54-51 loss to the Rams, but ultimately fell short. We'll see if that experience is any help to them the next time they play on a stage that big.
Here's where the Chiefs ranked according to a few other outlets from around the web:
USA Today: No. 3
Sporting News: No. 3
The Washington Post: No. 4
Kansas City will head into its bye week before taking on the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 2.