POWER RANKINGS

NFL Power Rankings: Where do the Chiefs Rank Following Sunday's Victory Over New England?

The Kansas City Chiefs tallied their third victory in a row on Sunday with a thrilling win over the New England Patriots, locking up a fourth-straight AFC West title while also climbing up the various "NFL power rankings" from around the web.

The folks at ESPN have the Chiefs at No. 4 in their rankings, slotting Kansas City behind only the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints. Bleacher Report, meanwhile, ranked Kansas City at No. 3 after just the Ravens and 49ers.

Here's a portion of what B/R analyst Brent Sobleski had to say about the Chiefs:

"Kansas City has now won three in a row with help from an improved defense. During the aforementioned stretch, the Chiefs allowed only 14 points per game while scoring 29 points per game. Yeah, that works."

The Chiefs checked in at No. 5 in Dan Hanzus' rankings on NFL.com, trailing Baltimore, San Francisco, Seattle and New Orleans.

Here are some of Hanzus' thoughts on Kansas City:

"The Chiefs are division champions for the fourth consecutive year -- a first in the long and distinguished history of this franchise. They beat the Patriots, ending New England's 21-game winning streak in Foxborough, because their defense got after Tom Brady and stepped up in a moment of the game where Brady usually works his magic."

Yahoo! Sports also cited the Chiefs' overall balance in their rankings, moving Kansas City up to No. 4 behind Baltimore, San Francisco and New Orleans.

Here's where the Chiefs landed in various other power rankings from around the web:

USA Today: No. 5

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