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NFL power rankings 2015: Kansas City Chiefs defense blames for tumbling in the rankings

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It's time for our weekly look at the 2015 NFL power rankings for Week 5. The Kansas City Chiefs are dropping after losing their third straight game. Many of these power rankings had the Chiefs as a top 10 team at the beginning of the season. They moved up after their Week 1 win against the Houston Texans. After losses to the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals, the Chiefs are tumbling into the teens and 20s in these power rankings.

Here's what everyone is saying about the Chiefs:

SB Nation: 17

The Bills and Chiefs were a few of my early season favorites, but both looked relatively inept this week in losing efforts. The defense was supposed to be the heart and soul of that Kansas City team, but after giving up 36 to the Bengals, that thought is in serious doubt. Their offense isn't carrying its weight, either, and they settled for seven field goals.

PFT: 17

They’re still haunted by that fumble.

ESPN: 18

What happened to the Chiefs' defense? K.C. has allowed 31.3 PPG this season, tied for worst in the NFL. Last season, the Chiefs allowed 17.6 PPG, ranking second in the NFL.

USA Today: 21

Wasn't defense supposed to be their calling card? No team has given up more points than Kansas City's 125. 17

The season started off so glowingly, or swimmingly, or whatever word would aptly describe Travis Kelce punching footballs in the end zone and Alex Smith wingin' it like Len Dawson out there. Three tough games have come and gone since that season-opening victory over the Texans, and the Chiefs have no more wins now than they did then. Look, hosting Denver, then traveling to undefeated Green Bay and Cincinnati was clearly a tall order. What Kansas City needed was merely to steal one of those games. That Jamaal Charles fumble late in the loss to the Broncos is the play of the Chiefs' young season thus far. Next up: hosting the Bears. Call it a must-win. Seriously.

Yahoo Sports: 15

The last three weeks they played the Broncos, Packers and Bengals. Not fun to lose three in a row but it's also hard to blame them too much. That's a brutal stretch.

Fox Sports: 18

The Chiefs defense is excellent when it can create pressure, but against a strong offensive line, they can be inconsistent. On offense, they need to find ways to get tight end Travis Kelce more involved.

CBS Sports: 23

They've lost three straight games to fall to 1-3 after their impressive opener. What?s happened to the defense?

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