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NFL Power Rankings: Where Do the Chiefs Rank Coming Out of the Bye Week?

The Kansas City Chiefs had some time off this past week with the homestretch of the season coming into focus, but the Chiefs’ absence from the field didn’t affect their standing in the latest NFL power rankings from around the web.

NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison has Kansas City at No. 3 in his rankings – the same spot as last week – behind only the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Here’s a portion of what Harrison had to say:

My dad was a fan of the Dallas Texans and then, after Lamar Hunt moved them out of Texas to K.C., a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. So if you're wondering how last Monday night's classic stacks up in Chiefs history, not to worry; while there is much ground to cover, I've got a list to digest below.

Click here to check out Harrison’s list, but for those wondering, he ranks last week’s classic as the fifth-best game in Chiefs’ history.

The folks at ESPN also slotted Kansas City at No. 3 in their rankings, as did the experts at Sports Illustrated. Here’s what SI analyst Mitch Goldich had to say about Kansas City:

The Chiefs are still on top of the AFC, and gained a little cushion in their quest for a first-round bye thanks to Pittsburgh’s loss. Still, they want the top seed and would lose the tiebreaker to New England. Now they have Oakland after a bye week to get back in the win column, and you’ll hear all week about Andy Reid’s record coming out of the bye.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post, meanwhile, bumped the Chiefs up a spot in his rankings to No. 3, jumping the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Here’s where the Chiefs ranked according to a few other outlets from around the web:

Bleacher Report: No. 3

USA Today: No. 3

Sporting News: No. 3

Yahoo! Sports: No. 3

Kansas City continues the season against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 2.

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