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Week 9 Pundit Power Rankings: Chiefs drop one spot

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The Chiefs drop back to third place in our aggregated power rankings.

NFL: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The national writers have spoken, ad despite their 30-23 defeat of the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs have dropped one spot in our aggregated power rankings for Week 9.

Pundit Power Rankings for Week 9

Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC Teams

Rank Team ESPN MMQB NFL SBN SpNws Yahoo CBS USA
1
(1)
Rams
8-0
1
(1)
1
(1)
1
(1)
1
(1)
2
(1)
1
(1)
1
(1)
1
(1)
2
(3)
Saints
6-1
3
(4)
2
(2)
4
(4)
4
(4)
1
(2)
3
(4)
2
(2)
2
(2)
3
(2)
Chiefs
7-1
2
(2)
3
(3)
3
(3)
3
(3)
4
(4)
2
(2)
4
(4)
4
(4)
4
(4)
Patriots
6-2
4
(3)
4
(4)
2
(2)
2
(2)
3
(3)
4
(3)
3
(3)
3
(3)
5
(5)
Chargers
5-2
5
(5)
7
(7)
5
(6)
5
(5)
6
(6)
5
(6)
5
(5)
5
(5)
6
(9)
Panthers
5-2
6
(9)
5
(8)
6
(7)
7
(10)
5
(7)
6
(7)
8
(10)
8
(10)
7
(7)
Steelers
4-2-1
7
(8)
6
(8)
7
(9)
6
(8)
7
(8)
7
(8)
6
(7)
6
(8)
8
(6)
Vikings
4-3-1
8
(6)
9
(5)
8
(5)
13
(7)
9
(5)
8
(5)
9
(8)
9
(6)
Rank Team ESPN MMQB NFL SBN SpNws Yahoo CBS USA
9
(11)
Redskins
5-2
13
(14)
11
(12)
9
(10)
9
(9)
8
(9)
10
(12)
7
(9)
7
(9)
10
(12)
Eagles
4-4
9
(10)
10
(11)
14
(14)
10
(12)
11
(13)
9
(9)
16
(17)
10
(13)
11
(10)
Packers
3-3-1
11
(12)
8
(6)
13
(13)
15
(13)
14
(11)
11
(11)
11
(11)
11
(11)
12
(8)
Ravens
4-4
10
(7)
16
(10)
11
(8)
11
(6)
13
(10)
16
(10)
10
(6)
13
(7)
13
(14)
Bears
4-3
14
(13)
14
(18)
10
(11)
8
(11)
15
(16)
13
(14)
15
(16)
15
(15)
14
(13)
Bengals
5-3
12
(11)
16
(14)
16
(16)
14
(15)
12
(12)
12
(13)
12
(12)
12
(12)
15
(15)
Texans
5-3
16
(17)
12
(13)
12
(15)
12
(14)
10
(14)
15
(19)
13
(13)
17
(17)
16
(17)
Seahawks
4-3
15
(16)
13
(17)
15
(17)
16
(18)
16
(17)
14
(16)
14
(19)
16
(16)
Rank Team ESPN MMQB NFL SBN SpNws Yahoo CBS USA
17
(19)
Falcons
3-4
17
(19)
15
(15)
20
(20)
22
(25)
17
(19)
24
(24)
17
(21)
14
(14)
18
(16)
Lions
3-4
20
(20)
20
(16)
18
(12)
20
(17)
19
(18)
17
(15)
19
(14)
19
(19)
19
(21)
Cowboys
3-4
21
(22)
18
(20)
17
(18)
24
(23)
20
(20)
20
(22)
21
(18)
18
(18)
20
(18)
Dolphins
4-4
19
(18)
22
(21)
23
(21)
18
(16)
18
(15)
22
(17)
20
(15)
20
(20)
21
(20)
Jaguars
3-5
18
(15)
18
(19)
24
(23)
23
(20)
23
(21)
19
(20)
24
(23)
22
(24)
22
(22)
Titans
3-4
22
(21)
21
(23)
22
(22)
19
(19)
22
(25)
23
(23)
25
(24)
21
(23)
23
(27)
Colts
3-5
24
(26)
23
(27)
21
(27)
17
(22)
21
(26)
25
(27)
18
(26)
26
(27)
24
(23)
Broncos
3-5
23
(23)
24
(22)
19
(19)
21
(21)
26
(23)
26
(25)
22
(20)
27
(26)
Rank Team ESPN MMQB NFL SBN SpNws Yahoo CBS USA
25
(24)
Buccaneers
3-4
25
(24)
25
(25)
25
(24)
26
(26)
24
(24)
21
(21)
23
(22)
23
(21)
26
(25)
Jets
3-5
27
(27)
26
(26)
27
(26)
25
(24)
25
(22)
18
(18)
26
(25)
25
(25)
27
(26)
Browns
2-5-1
26
(25)
27
(24)
26
(25)
27
(27)
27
(27)
27
(26)
27
(27)
24
(22)
28
(32)
Cardinals
2-6
30
(32)
28
(32)
28
(30)
28
(31)
28
(31)
29
(32)
29
(32)
29
(30)
29
(29)
Bills
2-6
28
(29)
31
(30)
30
(29)
29
(30)
29
(28)
28
(30)
28
(28)
30
(29)
30
(28)
Giants
1-7
29
(28)
29
(28)
29
(28)
30
(29)
31
(30)
31
(29)
32
(31)
28
(28)
31
(30)
49ers
1-7
31
(30)
30
(29)
31
(31)
31
(28)
30
(29)
30
(28)
30
(29)
31
(31)
32
(31)
Raiders
1-6
32
(31)
32
(31)
32
(32)
32
(32)
32
(32)
32
(31)
31
(30)
32
(32)
Numbers in parentheses are the previous week's ranking.
The left-hand column is the aggregate of all rankings.
ESPN and MMQB rankings are weighted 2.5 times all others.
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Here's what the pundits we're tracking said about the Chiefs this week:

ESPN (2nd from 2nd)

The Chiefs have had trouble finishing some of their games. They've had to sweat at the end of wins against the Chargers, Steelers, 49ers and Broncos after having big leads. Not all of this is on their defense, which played well down the stretch in some of those games. Mostly, the Chiefs haven't been good enough at killing the clock. They've had the disturbing tendency to go three-and-out when they need to maintain possession.

MMQB (3rd from 3rd)

Halfway through the season, the Chiefs have 290 points. They’re on pace to edge out the 2007 Patriots (589 points) and finish behind just the 2013 Broncos (606). Kansas City is the most fun show in the NFL since…?

NFL.com (Elliot Harrison - 3rd from 3rd)

The Chiefs aren't slowing down, and it's not just all about Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City's pass rush took Sunday's game back to 1995, forcing two turnovers from Case Keenum while flattening the Broncos' quarterback five times. Three of those sacks came from Dee Ford, with Breeland Speaks picking up the first full sack of his career. That gives Speaks 1.5 on the season (plus a sack that never was). Ford now boasts a staggering eight on the year. And to think: Justin Houston isn't even healthy right now. Kicker Harrison Butker did miss an extra-point try, yet he and punter Dustin Colquitt have been outstanding this season. OK, enough stalling already... Mahomes tossed four more touchdown passes.

SBNation (Rebecca Toback - 3rd from 3rd)

The Chiefs have only lost to the Patriots and somehow look to be getting even better as the weeks pass.

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer - 4th from 4th)

Patrick Mahomes continues his video game-like assault on the entire league, and Andy Reid is smart to also stay committed to giving Kareem Hunt enough touches. Hunt’s physicality is carrying over to the swarming defense.

Yahoo! Sports (Frank Schwab - 2nd from 2nd)

The Chiefs gained 340 yards and scored 30 points Sunday. A good day for most mortal teams, but that was the Chiefs’ lowest yardage total of the season and tied for their second-lowest point total (the Broncos held them to 27 points in the first meeting). This offense might be unstoppable.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco - 4th from 4th)

They continue to put up big numbers on offense and the pass rush is getting better. They do need to run it better.

USA Today (Nate Davis - 4th from 4th)

Next two opponents (Browns, Cardinals) a combined 4-11-1. K.C. should keep treating fans to wins leading up to Mexico date with Rams.

Other power rankings we noticed this week:

Mile High Report (Pete Baron — 2nd from 2nd) And the band keeps marching on. The game was closer than most predicted, but again, divisional games are usually like that. This team is set for a long while with Mahomes, Hunt, Hill, and Kelce. Their only competition will be the salary cap when contracts start coming due. If they can keep pure greed at bay, they can be the NFL’s next dynasty.

NESN.com (Joshua Schrock — 2nd from 3rd) Patrick Mahomes further improved his MVP case with his third straight four-touchdown game in a 30-23 win over the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs will face the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals in the next two weeks before facing the Rams in Mexico City in Week 11.

NBCSports.com (Cam Ellis — 3rd from 3rd) Another 30 points for Mahomes and the Chiefs offense. Ho hum. Wake up me when they go over 40. Just kidding. I’ll watch every second they’re on national TV.

Washington Post (Mark Maske — 4th from 4th) QB Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs just kept cruising with the victory at home over the Broncos. At this point, the surprise isn’t that Mahomes threw for 303 yards and four TDs; it was that he threw an interception.

Chicago Tribune (Brad Biggs — 3rd from 3rd) Speedster Sammy Watkins delivered with 107 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a victory over the Broncos.


Once again, the Los Angeles Rams — still undefeated, but probably still shaking after a narrow victory over the Green Bay Packers — were the pundits’ unanimous pick for first place in their Week 9 power rankings.

It seems that the scribes didn’t learn anything new about the Chiefs in their 30-23 win against the Broncos. Every single one of them left the Chiefs in exactly the same position as last week. So what really happened here is that the pundits were more impressed by the 30-20 win the New Orleans Saints had against the Minnesota Vikings — and in all honesty, that’s probably fair.

Based on many of their comments about the Chiefs, it’s pretty clear that the pundits expect the Chiefs to be 9-1 when they face the Rams in Mexico City. So in the eyes of the pundits, unless either team (or the Saints) stumbles before then, it’s not likely we’ll see much change in the top three before the big showdown.

The Arizona Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts both moved up four spots, sharing the honor for the biggest rise of the week. It didn’t do the Cardinals much good, but the Colts at least escaped the cellar-dwellers. The Baltimore Ravens took the biggest fall. Their second straight loss — this one to the Carolina Panthers — dropped Baltimore out of the top 10 in our calculations.

The Colts also generated the most disagreement this week. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thought their 42-28 defeat of the Oakland Raiders should push them up eight spots. Others were less impressed — especially Nate Davis of USA Today, who thought the win only merited an increase of one position. Opinions vary, but I’d have to go with Nate on that one.

Snark of the week

I’m going to resist the temptation to quote the MMQB’s Mitch Goldich again this week — he made me laugh three times while reading the MMQB Power Poll — but I believe in giving everybody a shot. So I’ll go with the aforementioned Nate Davis, and his comment about the Browns:

Maybe the factory will be a little happier now that Hue Jackson and Todd Haley have been removed from the Sadness Assembly Line.

And on Wednesday...

My reading of the tea leaves suggests that the number-crunchers will have a new number one when we assemble all the data. How will that change the Week 9 Arrowhead Pride True Power Rankings? Check back on Wednesday, and you’ll see!