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NFL power rankings, Week 12: Kansas City Chiefs fall from top spot

After losing their first game of the season, the Chiefs slide down in our power poll.

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The Kansas City Chiefs finally lost a game.

It took 10 tries, but an opponent finally knocked the Chiefs down. The Denver Broncos took care of business at home, winning 27-17  to improve to 9-1 and tie Kansas City atop the AFC West.

Of course, a loss means that the Chiefs will be knocked off their perch as the best team in the NFL, at least in our rankings anyway. Kansas City now has a shot at redemption, with two huge divisional games coming up, including a rematch with the Broncos on Dec. 1.

Teams Joel Thorman Matt Verderame Matt Conner MNChiefsFan Average
Denver Broncos 1 1 1 2 1.3
Seattle Seahawks 2 2 2 1 1.8
New Orleans Saints 3 3 3 3 3.0
Kansas City Chiefs 4 4 4 4 4.0
Carolina Panthers 5 5 5 5 5.0
New England Patriots 6 6 7 6 6.3
Indianapolis Colts 7 7 8 7 7.3
Cincinnati Bengals 9 8 6 10 8.3
Detroit Lions 8 10 10 9 9.3
San Francisco 49ers 12 9 11 8 10.0
Chicago Bears 10 11 9 14 11.0
Philadelphia Eagles 13 12 13 11 12.3
Green Bay Packers 11 14 17 13 13.8
Arizona Cardinals 19 13 12 12 14.0
Dallas Cowboys 14 16 15 17 15.5
New York Jets 17 15 16 15 15.8
Baltimore Ravens 15 17 14 21 16.8
New York Giants 16 21 19 16 18.0
San Diego Chargers 20 19 18 19 19.0
Cleveland Browns 18 20 23 18 19.8
Miami Dolphins 22 18 21 22 20.8
Tennessee Titans 21 23 26 23 23.3
Buffalo Bills 25 25 24 20 23.5
Pittsburgh Steelers 28 20 20 27 23.8
St. Louis Rams 27 24 22 25 24.5
Houston Texans 23 27 28 26 26.0
Washington Redskins 26 28 27 24 26.3
Oakland Raiders 29 26 25 30 27.5
Atlanta Falcons 24 29 29 29 27.8
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 30 31 28 30.0
Minnesota Vikings 30 31 30 31 30.5
Jacksonville Jaguars 32 32 32 32 32.0

Around the nation

SB Nation

5. With their backs against the wall, Alex Smith and Andy Reid were finally willing to roll the dice and throw deep. The Chiefs' receivers weren't up to the challenge, though, and Kansas City wasn't able to generate enough punch to get past Denver on the road. The Kansas City defense clamped the Broncos run game, made Manning work for his yards and even forced him into a fumble, but they couldn't bring enough consistent pressure against the game's premier quick-strike pass attack. There's no shame in a tough loss to a great opponent, and KC will get an Arrowhead rematch for one more shot at home field advantage. Hopefully, they won't mothball passes of 10+ yards during the intervening weeks. (Last Week: 3)

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco)

3. They did some good things at Denver, but that offense is too limited. At some point, it has to improve in the passing game.

Editor note: That's right Prisco. You show some respect. In fact,he has the Chiefs ranked higher than us...what world are we living in?

CBS Sports (Pat Kirwan)

3. They learned a lot in the loss to the Broncos and will have a better plan in the rematch. Generating a pass rush against Peyton Manning is a lot different than rushing the backup QBs they played for weeks.


5. My feelings about the Chiefs didn't change on Sunday. They're a good team with a solid defense and a very limited offense, which is what they've been all season. Didn't overreact to a nine-game winning streak against bad competition, won't overreact to a road loss to a very good team.

Blogging The Boys

4. The Chiefs dropped their first game of the season, and it wasn't really close, but it will be interesting to see what happens in the rematch in Arrowhead in two weeks. The defense is still full of monsters and it was the first time someone held Denver under 30 since Wk 14 last year, when they stopped trying in the fourth against Oakland. Don't write off the Chiefs just yet.

The Phinsider

5. They were not going to go undefeated, but the question is, how do they respond now?

Mile High Report

5. Normally when a team loses they don't rise in power rankings, but I have been trolling Chiefs fans heavily for a few weeks and have been ranking this team unfairly low. They are a solid football team, but that offense needs to start putting up some points or its going to be one and done in the playoffs. Jamaal Charles was averaging over four yards a carry, easily the best any running back has done against the Broncos this year, yet the Chiefs threw the ball like forty times. Huh? Arrowhead Stadium in two weeks is not going to be a pleasant task for the Broncos, but a victory there is essential to secure the AFC West.

Behind The Steel Curtain

3. Please, click this link. Funniest, and most accurate meme of all-time. Great job as always over here.

Revenge Of The Birds

4. Andy Reid and Alex Smith played it safe. Unfortunately, the defense didn't step up and the Chiefs lost for the first time in 2013. Now that the undefeated watch is over, they can focus on football.

Big Blue View

5. Eventually, we knew this offense would hold them back.

Cincy Jungle

2. The Chiefs finally lost, but had a bunch of opportunities against the Broncos. Looking forward to round two in a couple weeks

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