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NFL power rankings, Week 9: The Chiefs are good or they're not

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The Kansas City Chiefs have won two straight and are making things difficult for those who rank teams. This week's NFL power rankings aren't sure if the Chiefs are that same 1-5 team who was left for dead after six weeks or if this is a team on the rebound after two straight wins. I'm not even sure which team they are.

The Chiefs have a week off before they head to Denver in Week 10.

The Week 9 NFL power rankings...

SB Nation: 18

Even the Chiefs, at 3-5, aren't out of the game.

ESPN: 20

The Chiefs have won two straight games after losing the previous five. After a bye week, they face the Broncos, who have won all seven meetings against K.C. since Peyton Manning arrived in 2012.

CBS Sports: 22

With two consecutive victories, they are alive and kicking. Can they keep it up?

Yahoo Sports: 20

Travis Kelce has 40 catches for 538 yards and three touchdowns in eight games. Double that up and you'll see that Kelce is having a really good season. 23

Kansas City made believers out of a lot of people on Sunday -- or, at least, a lot of Londoners. What about the rest of us? The case for unadulterated praise: The Chiefs didn't just defeat the sad-sack Lions, they completely destroyed them. The offense looked better than it has all season. The case for responsible restraint: Well, these are the Lions, featuring the Jim Bob Cooter offense. Apparently, the new coordinator couldn't fix everything with a hammer like this Cooter. Side note: Glad to see Alex Smith start running (78 yards).

Fox Sports: 19

The Chiefs are finally starting to see signs of the old Tamba Hali. The talented edge rusher has 2.5 sacks, 4 quarterback hits and one tackle for loss in the past two games.

USA Today: 28

They've won two of three -- convincingly -- since RB Jamaal Charles went out for the year. Give Andy Reid and his troops props.

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