Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals wasn’t the Chiefs’ most convincing victory of the season, but it was enough to give Kansas City a boost in many of the new NFL power rankings.
The Saints, who like the Chiefs have just one loss, are the top team in most rankings. The Chiefs and Rams, who also have one defeat, are splitting most second-place votes.
That, of course, will change next week after the Chiefs and Rams play in Mexico City.
For now, here is where the 9-1 Chiefs stand in these six power rankings:
Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports kept the Chiefs at No. 1, followed by the Saints and Rams. He wrote: “Chiefs-Rams in Mexico City is going to be incredible.”
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News bumped the Chiefs up a spot to No. 2. He wrote in part: “The Chiefs proved they can win a gritty game when Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt are not automatic.”
SB Nation’s Rebecca Toback moved the Chiefs up two places to No. 2, behind the Saints. She wrote in part: “It should come as no surprise that the top three teams in this week’s power rankings are the Saints, Chiefs, and Rams. Each of these teams has one loss, they’ve all been dominating opponents week after week, and their offenses are proving that they can almost always win.”
Mark Maske of the Washington Post moved the Chiefs No. 3 to second, trailing the Saints. He wrote in part: “Patrick Mahomes has raised the expectations for himself so much that his 249-yard, two-TD, no-interception performance Sunday against the Cardinals seemed rather ordinary.”
ESPN kept the Chiefs at No. 2 behind the Saints. Adam Teicher wrote in part: The Chiefs are tied for second with 31 sacks and a suddenly potent pass rush gives them reason for defensive optimism heading into next Monday night’s showdown against the Rams in Mexico City.”
Bleacher Report moved the Chiefs up to No. 3 behind the Saints and Rams. Here’s an excerpt of what it wrote: “The key for the Chiefs—just as it will be in the playoffs—will not be Mahomes and the offense but whether the Chiefs defense can get a few stops at key points in the game.”