The Kansas City Chiefs rode a four-game winning streak into the bye, and now with the homestretch of the season nearly underway, the folks from around the web view the back-to-back defending AFC champions as one of the best squads in the league.
Kansas City checked in as the top team in the AFC and No. 4 overall in NFL.com's "power rankings" this week, trailing only the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here's a portion of what "Around the NFL" writer Dan Hanzus had to say about the Chiefs, who have allowed the second-fewest points-per-game in the NFL since Week 8.
"Steve Spagnuolo now has a collection of seasoned pass rushers to do his bidding. In Chris Jones, Jarran Reed, Melvin Ingram and Frank Clark, the Chiefs now deploy four players in their front seven who have registered a 10-sack season in their careers. If they can continue to cook up pressure on the quarterback, good things will continue to happen."
Elsewhere, the NFL staff at Bleacher Report collectively believes that Kansas City is the second-best team in the league, trailing only Arizona. Here's a portion of their analysis:
"Kansas City's schedule the rest of the way is no cakewalk. Every team left on the slate was at least .500 entering Week 10, but that will just give the Chiefs a chance to solidify their case as what I already believe them to be—the best team (again) in the AFC."
Lastly, Yahoo! Sports has the Chiefs at No. 6 in their latest power rankings. Here's what writer Frank Schwab had to say as Kansas City seeks its sixth-consecutive division crown:
"The Chiefs are back to sole possession of first place in the AFC West. We probably should have seen that coming, even when they were slumping."
Here's a look at where the Chiefs landed in a handful of other power rankings from around the web:
The Ringer: No. 5
USA Today: No. 5
ESPN: No. 6
Sports Illustrated: No. 7