The Kansas City Chiefs won yet again on Sunday, knocking off the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium to move to 9-1 on the season and to again climb in the weekly “NFL power rankings” from around the web.
NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison has the Chiefs up to No. 2 in his rankings, up one spot from last week and behind only the New Orleans Saints.
Here’s a portion of what Harrison had to say:
“Sunday's win against the Cardinals is the kind of performance you wanted to see from Kansas City. If you're thinking, No, I wanted Patrick Mahomes to launch five touchdown passes, well, let me convince you otherwise. We've seen this offense go all-out track team plenty this season. What was needed in K.C.? More plays from the defense. That's precisely what happened when Justin Houston came up with the clutch pick off a Josh Rosen screen pass.”
“The Chiefs are tied for first with 31 sacks and a suddenly potent pass rush gives them reason for defensive optimism heading into Monday night's showdown against the Rams in Mexico City. One edge rusher, Dee Ford, is having a career season, while the other, Justin Houston, returned Sunday against the Cardinals after missing the previous four games because of a sore hamstring. Lineman Chris Jones has at least one sack in each of the past six games.”
Yahoo! Sports analyst Frank Schwab, meanwhile, has the Chiefs as the top team in the league for a second-consecutive week after Kansas City’s victory over Arizona. His analysis was quick and to the point:
“Chiefs-Rams in Mexico City is going to be incredible.”
The Chiefs, of course, take on the Los Angeles Rams (9-1) on Monday Night Football in Mexico City next week.
Here’s a look at where a few other outlets have the Chiefs ranked this week:
Bleacher Report: No. 3
The Washington Post: No. 2
USA Today: No .2
Kansas City will look to move up in next week’s rankings, and more importantly, improve on their AFC-best 9-1 record, on Monday against Los Angeles.