The Kansas City Chiefs took over sole possession of first place in the AFC West on Sunday afternoon with a victory over the rival Oakland Raiders, and with yet another impressive win in the books, the Chiefs are still right near the top of the various “power rankings” from around the web.
Kansas City checked in at No. 2 in NFL.com’s rankings this week, jumping the Los Angeles Rams and trailing only the New England Patriots.
Here’s a portion of what analyst Dan Hanzus had to say about the Chiefs:
"Here were Patrick Mahomes' final five completions of the first half against the Raiders: 42-yard TD to Mecole Hardman, 32 yards to Damien Williams, 43 yards to Demarcus Robinson, a 27-yard TD to Travis Kelce and a 39-yard TD to Robinson. Superman stuff. Mahomes threw for an astounding 278 yards and four touchdowns in the second quarter alone and finished a game with more than 350 yards and four-plus touchdowns for the fourth time in 18 career starts. Oh, and he turned 24 today. Happy birthday, MVP.”
The folks at ESPN also penciled in the Chiefs at No. 2, once again behind the Patriots. Analyst Adam Teicher cited Kansas City’s plethora of playmakers – even without star wide receiver Tyreek Hill for the time being due to injury – when explaining the ranking.
“Multiple wide receivers had huge games in Tyreek Hill's absence in the Chiefs' two games: Sammy Watkins in Week 1 and Demarcus Robinson against the Raiders on Sunday. Even without Hill, the Chiefs have too much receiving talent and too creative an offensive play-caller in Andy Reid to think opponents will be successful in shutting down every receiver.”
Kansas City’s showdown against New England in Week 14 may be months away, but it already has all the makings of a matchup for the ages.
Here’s where the Chiefs landed in other power rankings from around the web:
Yahoo! Sports: No. 2
USA Today: No. 2
Bleacher Report: No. 2
Sports Illustrated: No. 2
The Sporting News: No. 2
The Washington Post: No. 2