The Kansas City Chiefs completed the first half of the season with another victory on Sunday as they held off a relentless Carolina Panthers squad for their eighth win of the year. It has the Chiefs in great shape heading into their bye week while also maintaining Kansas City's standing in the various "power rankings" from around the web.
For starters, NFL.com once again has Kansas City atop their rankings as the best team in the NFL. Here's part of what analyst Dan Hanzus had to say about the Chiefs:
"Patrick Mahomes is locked in, and it makes the Chiefs something close to unbeatable. A ball-control Panthers offense allowed Kansas City only 22 minutes of possession on Sunday, but that was still enough time for Mahomes to throw for 372 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-31 win…'You're seeing the best of him right now,' Andy Reid said after the game…The defending champs hit their bye as the best team in football."
The folks at Sports Illustrated agreed, moving the Chiefs into their top spot this week after Sunday's victory. Here's a portion of their explanation:
"The Steelers may be undefeated, but the defending champs remain dangerous. They get to our unofficial midpoint at 8–1, with Patrick Mahomes playing as well as ever."
Elsewhere, Kansas City checked in at No. 2 in ESPN's rankings this week behind Pittsburgh, but writer Adam Teicher still feels good about the Chiefs' chances moving forward:
"The Chiefs lead the NFL in point differential, a sign of their strength. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, with 25 touchdown passes and one interception, is playing as well, if not better, than ever. The Chiefs have found ways to win even without getting big performances from Mahomes. From this vantage point, the Chiefs have the look of a tough out in the playoffs."
Here's a look at where the Chiefs landed in some of the other power rankings from around the web:
Bleacher Report: No. 1
Yahoo! Sports: No. 1
The Sporting News: No. 1
USA Today: No. 2
CBS Sports: No. 2