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NFL power rankings: Kansas City Chiefs slide into the top 5

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I feel like SB Nation has been kinder to the Kansas City Chiefs than other media outlets in their power rankings but this week SB Nation is on the low end. The KC Chiefs are ranked No. 6 in SB Nation’s power rankings while others have them in the top five.

This feels a little odd because I’m not sure Chiefs fans are as high on this team as others. I think that’s because Chiefs fans are holding their team to a very high standard. Simply making the playoffs isn’t enough this year. Chiefs fans are judging their team against the Patriots because that’s what will matter in January.

CBS Sports has the Chiefs at No. 4, up three spots.

After their bye, they are 3-0. Andy Reid knows how to use that week to fix his team.

NFL.com has the Chiefs sitting at No. 4, up one spot from last week:

Little scare followed by a bigger scare in Indy, with Alex Smith departing the game not once but twice. Umm, the play call on the second incident didn't exactly keep the Chiefs quarterback out of harm's way, did it? And Smith wasn't even the most contacted QB on the Lucas Oil Stadium field. By game's end, Andrew Luck's pocket was collapsing seemingly every play. Give a third quarterback, Nick Foles, a ton of credit: 16 of 22 for 223 yards and two touchdowns ain't bad for a guy a lot of people had written off. Or typed off.

The Washington Post has the Chiefs No. 4, too.

Nick Foles — remember him? — did a nice job filling in for the injured Alex Smith during Sunday’s victory at Indianapolis. It was far from a given that he’d be able to deliver when needed. He’d totaled 20 TDs and 20 interceptions over the previous two seasons for the Eagles and Rams, that after his 27-TD, two-interception masterpiece of a year for Philadelphia in 2013.

Yahoo Sports is sitting there at No. 5.

Dee Ford had 3.5 sacks on Sunday. If Justin Houston returns and looks like himself, the Chiefs are going to have a really nice pass-rushing duo. The Chiefs could make huge strides in the second half, and they’re pretty good already.