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NFL power rankings, Week 7: KC Chiefs continue rolling

The Chiefs continued their winning ways over the weekend, moving them up in our rankings.

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Nobody with a sound mind ever would have believed it before the season began, but the Kansas City Chiefs are one of only two undefeated teams in the NFL after six weeks.

With a 24-7 thumping of the Oakland Raiders that including a record-breaking crowd and 10 sacks, the Chiefs have continued to catch the eye of a nation. Kansas City may not be flashy, but it sure is good.

Without further nonsense out of me, here are the Week 7 power rankings:

Teams Joel Thorman Matt Conner Matt Verderame Average
Denver Broncos 1 2 1 1
Kansas City Chiefs 2 1 2 2
New England Patriots 3 3 3 3
Seattle Seahawks 4 5 4 4
New Orleans Saints 5 4 5 5
San Francisco 49ers 7 7 6 6
Indianapolis Colts 6 6 8 7
Green Bay Packers 8 8 7 8
Detroit Lions 10 10 9 9
Chicago Bears 11 9 10 10
Cincinnati Bengals 9 11 11 11
Miami Dolphins 15 12 12 T12
Dallas Cowboys 12 14 13 T12
Baltimore Ravens 13 13 14 14
Houston Texans 16 15 17 T15
Tennessee Titans 17 16 15 T15
San Diego Chargers 14 17 18 17
Philadelphia Eagles 18 23 16 18
Cleveland Browns 21 19 19 19
Atlanta Falcons 19 18 28 20
Arizona Cardinals 27 20 20 21
New York Jets 20 27 21 T22
Carolina Panthers 23 22 23 T22
Buffalo Bills 22 21 25 24
St. Louis Rams 26 25 22 25
Washington Redskins 25 24 24 26
Minnesota Vikings 24 26 29 27
Pittsburgh Steelers 28 29 27 28
Oakland Raiders 30 30 26 29
New York Giants 29 31 30 30
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 30 31 31
Jacksonville Jaguars 32 32 32 32

So a few notes from these new rankings:

  • Matt Conner provides us with our first Chiefs ranking at No. 1
  • Jacksonville remains the cellar-dweller despite a good effort
  • Our biggest disagreement came with the Falcons, as Matt C. had them 18th and Matt V. had them 28th
  • We all agree New England should be the third-ranked team after beating the Saints
  • The NFC East is the worst division, while the AFC West may very well be the best

More Week 7 power rankings:

SB Nation

4. This was a one-score game until the fourth quarter. It was the second week in a row that Alex Smith didn't throw a single touchdown pass, and he averaged just 4.1 yards per attempt. This was against the Raiders, at Arrowhead. At some point, the Chiefs are going to get into a situation where Smith has to do the heavy lifting.

Then again, that defense just might be good enough to keep Kansas City in any game this year. A pick-six on Terrelle Pryor in the fourth quarter and 10 sacks highlighted what this unit's capable of doing.

The Texans, Browns and Bills are next on the schedule before we finally get to see the Chiefs and Broncos duke it out in Week 11.

Behind The Steel Curtain

3. The Chiefs defense is nasty. Pornographic. Caustically predating the all who recklessly aspire to dispute their prevailing sovereignty...but they haven't played anyone good, so let's not get too carried away.

Mile High Report

2. They are still 6-0 and the only other unbeaten team in the league, so they have earned the spot they've been placed.

Revenge Of The Birds

3. Two 6-0 teams, both from the AFC, and both from the AFC West. Well how about Alex Smith and those Chiefs? Smith is playing smart football, the defense is dominant and Andy Reid has regained the genius of old form.

Cincy Jungle

2. The matchup is still several weeks away, but this could be the kind of team that causes the donkeys a little trouble.

Big Blue View

4. No explanation given for this injustice.

Bleeding Green Nation

2. KC is allowing just under 11 points per game. +87 is good for the league's second best point differential. +12 is good for the league's best turnover differential.

The Phinsider

2. From the first overall pick to a 6-0 start. Crazy.

Blogging The Boys

4. The Chiefs spotted the Raiders an early lead, and then harassed Terrelle Pryor on over 55% of his drop backs. The BBQ boys have a D full of monsters that go bump in the night. And the daytime. And brunch on rainy days.


2. Is it Week 11 yet? Kansas City's elite defense kept rolling Sunday, but the Chiefs face Houston, Cleveland, Buffalo and the bye week before finally meeting Peyton's Broncos.

Yahoo! Shutdown Corner

5. He won't win the award because he doesn't put up eye-catching numbers, but safety Eric Berry might be the most valuable defensive player in the league.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco)

2. Andy Reid has done a heck of a job with this team. I love watching that defense feast on quarterbacks.

CBS Sports (Pat Kirwan)

2. Some feel their schedule is why they are undefeated, but they have five common opponents with the Broncos and held those five teams to 83 fewer points.

FOX Sports (Brian Billick)

2. The Chiefs had 10 sacks on Sunday. They now have 31 on the season...four more than they had all of last year!

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