The Kansas City Chiefs escaped Houston with an overtime victory on Sunday, securing their 11th victory on the year and a seventh-straight division title in the process. Kansas City also kept pace with the Buffalo Bills for the top record in the AFC while maintaining a high standing in the various NFL "power rankings" from around the web.
The folks at USA Today ranked Kansas City at No. 3 this week, placing the seven-time defending AFC West champions behind just Philadelphia and Cincinnati. Writer Nate Davis cited tailback Jerick McKinnon's emergence in the Chiefs' offense in his analysis:
"How big a weapon has RB Jerick McKinnon become? Only TE Travis Kelce has scored more TDs (12) than McKinnon's half-dozen for the AFC West champs in 2022."
The Chiefs also checked in at No. 3 in The Ringer's rankings this week, trailing only Philadelphia and Buffalo. Here's a portion of what writer Austin Gayle had to say about Kansas City:
"…Patrick Mahomes is still making alien-like throws weekly and should be the overwhelming favorite to win league MVP—even without an injury to Hurts. He is the top-ranked signal-caller in expected points added per dropback, and the Chiefs offense is still nearly two times as efficient as every other offense in the NFL."
Here's a look at where the Chiefs landed in a handful of other "power rankings" from around the web:
The Athletic: No. 2
ESPN: No. 3
Yahoo! Sports: No. 3
Bleacher Report: No. 4
NFL.com: No. 5