The Kansas City Chiefs dropped their first game of the season last Sunday night, falling to the New England Patriots in a thrilling shootout that came down to the final seconds.
Though despite the loss, the Chiefs still feature the top record in the AFC and a high placement in this week’s “NFL Power Rankings” from around the web.
NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison has Kansas City at No. 3 in his rankings, behind only the Los Angeles Rams and New England.
The folks at ESPN agreed with Harrison, slotting the Chiefs in at No. 3 behind the Rams and Patriots. NFL analyst Sterling Xie cited Kansas City’s high-powered offensive attack, which scored 40 points against New England, in his breakdown of the Chiefs’ high ranking:
The Chiefs have the highest playoff odds of any AFC team because of their offense. Kansas City ranks in the top five in points per game, yards per play, pass yards per attempt and Total QBR. The best news is that the bulk of the heavy lifting is done, as the Chiefs have the fourth-easiest remaining strength of schedule according to FPI.
Yahoo! Sports analyst Frank Schwab, meanwhile, chose to keep Kansas City at No. 2 in his rankings despite Sunday’s loss.
I won’t move the Chiefs down for a few reasons: There’s no shame in a last-play loss at New England, and their entire body of work is still very impressive. I can’t imagine someone watching the Chiefs play Sunday night and thinking less of them afterward. They were good, the Patriots were just slightly better at home.
Kansas City will look to return to the win column this Sunday night as the Chiefs take on the Cincinnati Bengals in primetime at Arrowhead Stadium. Click here to make sure that you’re there.