The Kansas City Chiefs made it six victories in a row on Sunday, dominating the Las Vegas Raiders on both sides of the ball to preserve their lead in the AFC West and their standing in the various NFL "power rankings" from around the web.
The folks at Bleacher Report are impressed with what they've seen lately, as the Chiefs moved into the top spot in their power rankings this week. Here's what they had to say about Kansas City:
"While most of the rest of the AFC is a muddied mess, the Chiefs have steadily improved and are clearly the best team in the conference. If Kansas City's defense continues to play at this level, the team is going to make a third straight Super Bowl and flirt with dynasty status in the process."
The Chiefs claimed the No. 2 in Sports Illustrated's rankings this week, trailing only Green Bay. SI's Conor Orr had this to say about the back-to-back defending AFC champions:
"The Chiefs' offense is roaring back to life and their defense has regained something of a respectable edge. Kansas City has held its opponents to 10 points or fewer in all but one week dating back to Nov. 7. Emerging out of the competitive slog that was the AFC West, the Chiefs now have enough breathing room to dig out the root causes of their early-season dysfunction and find a way to diversify in time for the playoffs."
Elsewhere, Kansas City checked in at No. 4 in ESPN's latest rankings, moving up one spot from last week. Here's a portion of reporter Adam Teicher's analysis:
"…After a win over Las Vegas in which they were dominant on offense and defense, the Chiefs appear to be in a good place for the stretch run."
Here's a look at where the Chiefs landed in a handful of other "power rankings" from around the web:
NFL.com: No. 4
USA Today: No. 4
The Ringer: No. 4
CBS Sports: No. 5
Yahoo! Sports: No. 5