NFL power rankings, Week 13: Kansas City Chiefs keep sliding

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs need a big win this coming weekend despite injuries that could cause serious problems.

The Kansas City Chiefs lost again this week, making this whole power rankings thing a little more interesting and a little less fun.

However, the Denver Broncos also lost this week, making this whole power rankings thing a lot more fun. With only five weeks left in the regular season, the playoff races are in full swing with teams jockeying for position. Luckily for the Chiefs, they are all but in the postseason barring the largest collapse in NFL history.

So where do they rank? Let's find out:

Teams Joel Thorman Matt Verderame Matt Conner MNChiefsFan Average
Seattle Seahawks 1 1 1 1 1.0
New Orleans Saints 3 2 2 2 2.3
New England Patriots 2 3 5 3 3.3
Denver Broncos 4 4 3 4 3.8
Kansas City Chiefs 6 5 4 6 5.3
Carolina Panthers 5 6 6 5 5.5
San Francisco 49ers 7 7 7 7 7.0
Cincinnati Bengals 9 8 8 8 8.3
Arizona Cardinals 10 9 9 9 9.3
Detroit Lions 8 10 12 11 10.3
Indianapolis Colts 12 11 11 12 11.5
Chicago Bears 11 12 13 15 12.8
Philadelphia Eagles 13 14 16 10 13.3
Dallas Cowboys 14 13 15 13 13.8
Baltimore Ravens 16 17 10 18 15.3
San Diego Chargers 15 18 14 17 16.0
Green Bay Packers 18 15 17 21 17.8
New York Jets 17 21 21 14 18.3
Pittsburgh Steelers 23 16 19 16 18.5
Tennessee Titans 20 19 18 19 19.0
Cleveland Browns 19 22 22 20 20.8
Miami Dolphins 22 20 26 23 22.8
St. Louis Rams 25 23 20 24 23.0
New York Giants 21 24 25 22 23.0
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 27 24 25 25.0
Buffalo Bills 27 25 23 26 25.3
Washington Redskins 26 28 27 27 27.0
Oakland Raiders 28 26 28 28 27.5
Atlanta Falcons 28 29 30 29 29.3
Minnesota VIkings 30 31 29 31 30.3
Jacksonville Jaguars 31 30 32 32 31.3
Houston Texans 32 32 31 30 31.3

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6. The injuries are a major concern. What will they do if they don't have Tamba Hali and Justin Houston for long periods of time?

SB Nation

7. Injuries to to pending Pro Bowlers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston crippled the Chiefs pass rush and helped cost them a golden opportunity to gain a much-needed game on the Broncos. Even a lacking pass rush wasn't a complete excuse for some terrible coverage from a normally excellent secondary - the 62-yard TD to Lardarius Green was low comedy - but it certainly didn't help. The good news was that Alex Smith and Andy Reid managed another game of actually calling and executing downfield throws, albeit against one of the NFL's most pathetic pass defenses. With Houston likely out for the Broncos' Sunday visit to Arrowhead, the Chiefs defense faces a real struggle to right itself in time. Kansas City's offense has leaned on the D for much of the season - they'll need to do some heavy lifting of their own (to the tune of at least 27 points) to keep their hope of a division title alive. Of course, a timely visit from General Winter wouldn't hurt, either. (Last Week: 5)

Mile High Report

6. Before Sunday, I had a feeling the Patriots would find a way to upset the Broncos on their own turf, which means I was really hoping for the Chiefs to choke against the Chargers. At least I got my wish and now the stage is set for either a Chiefs redemption or a Chiefs collapse. If that team drops a third straight game to division opponents, a 9-7 finish is a real possibility. Take it from a Broncos fan who watched his 8-2 Broncos in 2009 finish the season 8-8. Biggest game of the year for the Chiefs is this Sunday. Period. And I am licking my chops.

Revenge Of The Birds

6. A poor loss in a shoot-out at home to the San Diego Chargers raises more speculation that the Chiefs are a hoax. Their 9-0 start which included games against several backup quarterbacks, succeeded by a number of poor defensive performances suggests that they aren't all that. The game at Denver in Week 13 becomes pivotal.

Big Blue View

8. Suddenly, the undefeated Chiefs have lost -- to divisional foes, nonetheless. And the injury to Tamba Hali could be detrimental. (LW: 5)

Cincy Jungle

5. Could have been set up well with a division win against the Chargers, but two bad injuries allowed Philip Rivers the time he needed to carve the defense.

The Phinsider

7. Losing two weeks in a row is bad. Add in that the loss to San Diego was in Arrowhead, and it's even worse.

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