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Football Outsiders - Wk 8 DVOA ratings -- Guess who's first?

My apologies if this is a repost -- didn't feel like searching for it. --- "Is it time to take the Kansas City Chiefs seriously? It sounds crazy, since they just barely beat the only winless team in the league, but the Chiefs actually move up after that win and stand first in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings. When we predicted before the season that Kansas City would win the AFC West, that prediction was based on the idea of an average team with an easy schedule taking advantage of the declining Chargers. That prediction seemed pretty spot on after a couple weeks, but as more time goes on, it seems pretty clear that the Chiefs are not an average team." - "Now, I don't think that the Chiefs are truly the best team in the league, even if they have the best numbers so far. However, the Chiefs need to be taken seriously as a Super Bowl contender. The Chiefs are certainly much more real than the Raiders, the team they visit this week in a game that we are contractually required to refer to as "unexpectedly important." Kansas City isn't a shoo-in, especially since the game is in Oakland, but the Raiders are one of many teams who, unlike Kansas City, do seem to be the product of massive league-wide schedule imbalance. Seven different teams have a .500 record or better despite a DVOA below average. St. Louis, Seattle, and Tampa Bay have had the three easiest schedules in the league." --- Plenty more where that came from. Enjoy!

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