The Rams were handed their first loss of the season on Sunday and now there is chaos in the NFL.
Well, the NFL power rankings.
There is no consensus top pick in the latest power rankings from around the country (but the Saints got a lot of love), but the Chiefs did ascend to No. 1 in one of the NFL power rankings. However, they also lost ground in two others.
Here is where the 8-1 Chiefs stand:
Mark Maske of the Washington Post bumped the Chiefs up a spot to No. 3, trailing the Saints and Patriots. He wrote: “Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs took care of business Sunday in Cleveland and now have a tuneup against the Cardinals before their Nov. 19 meeting with the Rams in Mexico City.”
Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports put the Chiefs at No. 1, but wrote it’s a tenuous position with New Orleans and the Rams on their heels. He wrote in part: “I thought the Saints’ win over the Rams would vault New Orleans to the top spot, but when you review the totality of the resumes, the Chiefs earned this ranking. I hate to dock them too much for the defense giving up a lot of yards, because it hasn’t been a problem yet.”
ESPN kept the Chiefs ranked second, but the Saints jumped from third to first. Adam Teicher wrote in part about KC: “Patrick Mahomes has been better than expected. The Chiefs were confident he would eventually play this well, but not right out of the chute.”
The Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback group bumped the Chiefs down one spot to No. 4 behind the Saints, Patriots and Rams. It wrote: “It may be a little unfair that they lost ground here, but there’s a clear top four and they’ll have their shot to gain those spots back.”
Bleacher Report kept the Chiefs at No. 4 behind the Saints, Patriots and Rams. It wrote: “The Chiefs are a very good football team. Barring a disaster, this team will make the playoffs. Kansas City will probably be the AFC West champs again this year. But so long as their defense continues letting teams move up and down the field at will, it will be fair to wonder if this team isn’t ripe for a postseason upset.”
SB Nation’s Rebecca Toback dropped the Chiefs one spot to No. 4, behind the Saints, Rams and Patriots. She wrote in part: “The Patriots and Chiefs both moved down one spot, but more because of the Saints’ recent dominance than anything else. Those three teams along with the Rams are clearly separating from the pack and the 6-2 Chargers aren’t far behind, coming in at No. 5 on the rankings after their 25-17 win over the Seahawks.”
The Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer moved the Chiefs up a spot to No. 3 behind the Saints and Patriots. He wrote: “The Chiefs did their usual big-play thing with Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt in Cleveland. The Week 12 bye is the only thing that will slow down their offense.”
USA Today’s Nate Davis kept the Chiefs at No. 4 behind the Saints, Rams and Patriots. He wrote: “Patrick Mahomes continues grabbing headlines, but defense quietly jelling into decent unit even as it adapts sans Justin Houston, Eric Berry.
Pete Prisco kept the Chiefs at No. 4 in the CBS Sports power rankings behind the Saints, Patriots and Rams. He wrote: “They have to keep winning with the Chargers playing so well. The improved defense will decide how far they go.”