NFL power rankings, Week 15: Kansas City Chiefs step up

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City regained respectability by trouncing Washington, helping the Chiefs gain some momentum for Raider Week.

The Kansas City Chiefs halted a three-game losing streak on Sunday, pounding the Washington Redskins 45-10 at FedEx Field.

Behind Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and a resurgent defense, the Chiefs bounced back to move within one win of a playoff spot. Kansas City now sits at 10-3, likely positioning itself for a game with the Indianapolis Colts in the wild card round.

With only three games left in the regular season, the Chiefs have a chance to get healthy and gear up for a playoff run. So where do they rank compared to other playoff teams? Let's take a look:

Ranking Joel T. Matt V. Matt C. MNChiefsFan Average
Denver Broncos 1 2 1 1 1.3
Seattle Seahawks 2 1 2 2 1.8
New Orleans Saints 3 3 3 3 3.0
San Francisco 49ers 4 6 4 4 4.5
Kansas City Chiefs 7 4 5 5 5.3
New England Patriots 5 5 7 9 6.5
Cincinnati Bengals 6 7 6 7 6.5
Carolina Panthers 8 8 8 6 7.5
Philadelphia Eagles 9 9 9 8 8.8
Arizona Cardinals 12 11 10 10 10.8
Detroit Lions 10 10 12 13 11.3
Indianapolis Colts 11 12 15 14 13.0
Baltimore Ravens 14 13 11 15 13.3
Chicago Bears 13 14 16 11 13.5
Dallas Cowboys 15 15 14 12 14.0
San Diego Chargers 16 18 13 16 15.8
Miami Dolphins 19 17 17 17 17.5
Green Bay Packers 18 16 18 20 18.0
Pittsburgh Steelers 17 19 19 19 18.5
Cleveland Browns 20 25 20 18 20.8
Tennessee Titans 21 21 25 21 22.0
New York Jets 22 20 24 23 22.3
New York Giants 23 24 21 24 23.0
St. Louis Rams 24 22 22 25 23.3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25 23 23 22 23.3
Buffalo Bills 26 27 29 26 27.0
Minnesota Vikings 28 29 26 28 27.8
Oakland Raiders 30 26 27 29 28.0
Atlanta Falcons 27 30 30 27 28.5
Jacksonville Jaguars 29 28 28 30 28.8
Houston Texans 31 32 32 31 31.5
Washington Redskins 32 31 31 32 31.5

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco)

7. They snapped their three-game losing streak with an impressive road victory at Washington. But the opponent didn't offer much in return.

Editor's note: Win by 35, move down a spot in Prisco's world...

CBS Sports (Pat Kirwan)

7. The Chiefs looked solid on all fronts against a struggling Redskins team, but can they beat a team with an elite QB?

SB Nation

8. It was a welcome return to early-season form for the Chiefs as they pulled off a three-phases rout of the Redskins. It may not offer a ton of proof about what Kansas City can do against the top tier, but it's always nice to fire on all cylinders while your return games go wild. All but locked into the #5 seed in the AFC, the Chiefs can focus on getting guys like Justin Houston, Branden Albert and Anthony Fasano healthy and putting their November woes behind them. (Last week: 9)

Revenge Of The Birds

7. A return to the W column with the Chiefs with a blow-out win against the hapless Redskins. The Chiefs defense and special teams showed up big in this game, which is key for their post season hopes.

Big Blue View

8. For the first time in weeks, it was the Kansas City defense and special teams making winning plays. (LW: 9)

Mile High Report

8. Nice win, Kansas City. It's good you have gotten back to beating doormat teams who have quit on their coach and team. It's already been proven that the Chiefs are not much of threat to do much damage in the playoffs.

The Phinsider

9. How do you cure a three-game losing streak? Visit Washington.

Cincy Jungle

4. They gave Redskin fans a reason to leave early.

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