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Week 10 Pundit Power Rankings: Chiefs drop to fourth

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The top of the list reshuffles, and the Chiefs fall out of the top three in Week 10

Kansas City Chiefs v Cleveland Browns Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

When we started the live update of the Week 10 Pundit Power Rankings on Tuesday morning, the Kansas City Chiefs were in second place. But then the MMQB Power Poll came in. Their fourth-place ranking dropped the Chiefs to third. Then Pete Prisco from CBS Sports decided to leave the Chiefs in fourth, and Kansas City dropped to fourth in the aggregated rankings — a drop of one position — even though they had defeated the Cleveland Browns 37-21 on the road.

Pundit Power Rankings for Week 10

Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC Teams

Rank Team ESPN MMQB NFL SBN SpNws Yahoo CBS USA
1
(2)
Saints
7-1
1
(3)
1
(2)
1
(4)
1
(4)
1
(1)
2
(3)
1
(2)
1
(2)
2
(4)
Patriots
7-2
4
(4)
2
(4)
2
(2)
3
(2)
2
(3)
4
(4)
2
(3)
3
(3)
3
(1)
Rams
8-1
3
(1)
3
(1)
4
(1)
2
(1)
4
(2)
3
(1)
3
(1)
2
(1)
4
(3)
Chiefs
8-1
2
(2)
4
(3)
3
(3)
4
(3)
3
(4)
1
(2)
4
(4)
4
(4)
5
(5)
Chargers
6-2
5
(5)
7
(7)
5
(5)
5
(5)
5
(6)
5
(5)
5
(5)
5
(5)
6
(6)
Panthers
6-2
6
(6)
5
(5)
6
(6)
7
(7)
7
(5)
6
(6)
7
(8)
7
(8)
7
(7)
Steelers
5-2-1
7
(7)
6
(6)
7
(7)
6
(6)
6
(7)
7
(7)
6
(6)
6
(6)
8
(8)
Vikings
5-3-1
8
(8)
8
(9)
8
(8)
11
(13)
8
(9)
8
(8)
8
(9)
8
(9)
Rank Team ESPN MMQB NFL SBN SpNws Yahoo CBS USA
9
(10)
Eagles
4-4
9
(9)
9
(10)
13
(14)
10
(10)
11
(11)
9
(9)
12
(16)
9
(10)
10
(15)
Texans
6-3
11
(16)
10
(12)
10
(12)
9
(12)
9
(10)
11
(15)
9
(13)
13
(17)
11
(13)
Bears
5-3
10
(14)
13
(14)
9
(10)
8
(8)
10
(15)
10
(13)
10
(15)
12
(15)
12
(14)
Bengals
5-3
12
(12)
14
(16)
16
(16)
13
(14)
13
(12)
13
(12)
11
(12)
10
(12)
13
(11)
Packers
3-4-1
13
(11)
11
(8)
15
(13)
15
(15)
16
(14)
12
(11)
13
(11)
15
(11)
14
(17)
Falcons
4-4
16
(17)
12
(15)
12
(20)
20
(22)
12
(17)
14
(24)
14
(17)
11
(14)
15
(9)
Redskins
5-3
14
(13)
16
(11)
14
(9)
12
(9)
14
(8)
15
(10)
15
(7)
14
(7)
16
(12)
Ravens
4-5
15
(10)
17
(16)
11
(11)
14
(11)
18
(13)
17
(16)
17
(10)
16
(13)
Rank Team ESPN MMQB NFL SBN SpNws Yahoo CBS USA
17
(16)
Seahawks
4-4
17
(15)
15
(13)
17
(15)
19
(16)
17
(16)
16
(14)
18
(14)
17
(16)
18
(20)
Dolphins
5-4
18
(19)
20
(22)
22
(23)
16
(18)
15
(18)
20
(22)
16
(20)
18
(20)
19
(22)
Titans
4-4
20
(22)
19
(21)
18
(22)
18
(19)
19
(22)
18
(23)
19
(25)
19
(21)
20
(21)
Jaguars
3-5
19
(18)
18
(18)
24
(24)
23
(23)
22
(23)
19
(19)
25
(24)
20
(22)
21
(19)
Cowboys
3-5
21
(21)
21
(18)
19
(17)
26
(24)
21
(20)
23
(20)
22
(21)
21
(18)
22
(23)
Colts
3-5
23
(24)
22
(23)
21
(21)
17
(17)
20
(21)
22
(25)
20
(18)
27
(26)
23
(18)
Lions
3-5
22
(20)
23
(20)
23
(18)
21
(20)
23
(19)
21
(17)
21
(19)
22
(19)
24
(24)
Broncos
3-6
24
(23)
24
(24)
20
(19)
22
(21)
26
(26)
26
(26)
23
(22)
26
(27)
Rank Team ESPN MMQB NFL SBN SpNws Yahoo CBS USA
25
(25)
Buccaneers
3-5
25
(25)
25
(25)
25
(25)
24
(26)
24
(24)
25
(21)
24
(23)
23
(23)
26
(26)
Jets
3-6
27
(27)
26
(26)
27
(27)
25
(25)
25
(25)
24
(18)
26
(26)
25
(25)
27
(27)
Browns
2-6-1
26
(26)
29
(27)
26
(26)
28
(27)
27
(27)
27
(27)
27
(27)
24
(24)
28
(31)
49ers
2-7
28
(31)
27
(30)
29
(31)
27
(31)
28
(30)
28
(30)
29
(30)
29
(31)
29
(28)
Cardinals
2-6
30
(30)
28
(28)
28
(28)
29
(28)
29
(28)
29
(29)
28
(29)
28
(29)
30
(30)
Giants
1-7
29
(29)
30
(29)
30
(29)
30
(30)
31
(31)
30
(31)
32
(32)
30
(28)
31
(29)
Bills
2-7
31
(28)
31
(31)
31
(30)
31
(29)
30
(29)
31
(28)
30
(28)
31
(30)
32
(32)
Raiders
1-7
32
(32)
32
(32)
32
(32)
32
(32)
32
(32)
32
(32)
31
(31)
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)

Patrick Mahomes has been better than expected. The Chiefs were confident he would eventually play this well, but not right out of the chute. Through nine games, Mahomes has 29 touchdown passes, one away from the team record.

MMQB (4th from 3rd)

The Chiefs took care of business against Cleveland and they’ve got one more tune-up game against Arizona before the big showdown with the Rams on Monday, November 12 in Mexico City. It may be a little unfair that they lost ground here, but there’s a clear top four and they’ll have their shot to gain those spots back.

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

The Chiefs moved to 8-1 in Cleveland on Sunday, with Patrick Mahomes showing those poor Browns fans the kind of quarterback play they've been missing all these years. The victory was necessary for Kansas City to keep its 1.5-game AFC West lead over the Chargers, who came through in Seattle with their own triumph. Next, the Chiefs will face their conceptual opposites, taking on the 2-6 Cardinals -- who have executed twice as many punts this season as Kansas City -- at Arrowhead this weekend. After that comes the matchup everyone is circling on their NFL United Way pocket schedule: vs. the Rams, in Mexico City, on "Monday Night Football." Whew.

SBNation (Rebecca Toback - 4th from 3rd)

The Patriots and Chiefs both moved down one spot, but more because of the Saints’ recent dominance than anything else. Those three teams along with the Rams are clearly separating from the pack.

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer - 3rd from 4th)

The Chiefs did their usual big-play thing with Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt in Cleveland. The Week 12 bye is the only thing that will slow down their offense.

Yahoo! Sports (Frank Schwab - 1st from 2nd)

I thought the Saints’ win over the Rams would vault New Orleans to the top spot, but when you review the totality of the resumes, the Chiefs earned this ranking. I hate to dock them too much for the defense giving up a lot of yards, because it hasn’t been a problem yet. The Chiefs are No. 1 for now, though the margin is razor-thin among the top three teams.

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

They have to keep winning with the Chargers playing so well. The improved defense will decide how far they go.

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

Mahomes continues grabbing headlines, but defense quietly jelling into decent unit even as it adapts sans Justin Houston, Eric Berry.

Other power rankings we noticed this week:

Jaguars.com (John Oehser — 1st from 2nd) Why not them at No. 1?

NJ.com (Joe Giglio — 1st from 2nd) No offense is consistently as good as Kansas City’s right now. Patrick Mahomes is the NFL MVP, and Andy Reid has an answer for every defense thrown at him.

NBCSports.com (Scott Bair — 4th from 3rd) Pat Mahomes is great. We get it. That Kareen Hunt kid is pretty gosh darn special, too.

Chicago Tribune (Brad Biggs — 3rd from 3rd) The juggernaut has been held under 30 points once all season, and QB Patrick Mahomes has three targets with six or more touchdown catches.

ArizonaSports.com (Vince Marotta — 3rd from 4th) Chiefs had five touchdowns on their first six possessions in easy win.

Bleeding Green Nation (Brandon Lee Gowton — 2nd from 3rd) KC is rolling inferior opponents like clockwork. Ho hum.

Mile High Report (Pete Baron — 1st from 2nd) Congrats to the Chiefs, you are the new “Best Team” in the NFL. I debated putting the Saints up here, but the Chiefs didn’t do anything to warrant being leap frogged. Remember how last year everyone was saying that the Eagles would lose like they always did in the playoffs? Well, that didn’t happen and people keep saying the same thing about the Chiefs. Just use that for a bit of food for thought. I’d love to see a Super Bowl with my #1 and #2 ranked teams [Baron has the Saints #2].


In the final analysis, it’s not so much about what the Chiefs did this week. It’s about what the New Orleans Saints did — defeating the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams 45-35 in New Orleans. The Rams deserved to fall from the top spot. The Saints deserved to rise. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots beat the Green Bay Packers impressively — sorry, I meant to say, “Tom Brady beat Aaron Rodgers impressively” — and that left the Chiefs as the odd team out, having done nothing more exciting than defeating the Browns.

I thought Frank Schwab of Yahoo! Sports framed the situation in the proper way: the Saints, the Rams and the Chiefs all have a legitimate argument to be proclaimed the best in the league right now. I’d even go as far to agree with Schwab’s pick; on balance, I think the Chiefs have the most compelling case. But even if you think the Chiefs’ argument is the best one — like a number of pundits who don’t happen to be included in our tabulation — it’s still... you know... arguable.

Elsewhere, things pretty much stayed the same. The Houston Texans moved into the Top 10, while the Washington Redskins fell out; those two teams also posted the biggest gain and loss of the week. The Detroit Lions descended into the cellar, which allowed the Indianapolis Colts to get a hoof-hold on the edge of the windowsill and climb out.

The biggest disagreements among the scribes were about two teams that played each other. ESPN’s poll dropped the Washington Redskins just one spot — and nudged the Atlanta Falcons up only one position — after the 38-14 spanking the Falcons gave the Redksins. Meanwhile, Schwab and NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison gave the Falcons big boosts, while Prisco and Nate Davis of USA Today dropped the Redksins hard.

Snark of the week

Lots of worthy jibes this week. But I loved this one about the Cardinals from Scott Bair at NBCSports.com:

Cardinals join the long and distinguished list of team that have paid Sam Bradford far more than he’s worth.

So how will this change when we total up the data from the number-crunchers, and come up with Arrowhead Pride True Power Rankings for Week 10? It’s hard to say, but I feel it in my bones: we’ll have a new team at the the top of the list on Wednesday. Be sure to check it out!