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Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs fall a bit after overtime win

Our sampling of power rankings has the Chiefs sliding out of the No. 1 spot in several of the weekly lists.

Kansas City Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After pulling out a 23-20 overtime win against their division rival Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs have lost some of their Super Bowl sheen in the eyes of writers around the country; four more have taken the Chiefs out of their top spots.

Who could have predicted that after two weeks, we’d be counting on Pete Prisco’s faith in the Chiefs?

Here’s our weekly sampling:


NFL.com: 2

(down from 1)

Sunday’s win over the Chargers was a reminder this is a complete team, not just a bunch of satellites in the orbit of the great and powerful Patrick Mahomes. It was the defense and special teams that closed out L.A. Steve Spagnuolo’s unit forced a three-and-out to start overtime, setting up Harrison Butker’s 58-yard field goal to win it. Ravens All-Pro Justin Tucker still has my vote for best kicker in the universe, but that final sequence of Butker drilling 50-plus-yard field goal after field goal officially puts Tucker on notice (even if the last kick was the only one that actually counted).

— Dan Hanzus


ESPN: 1

(unchanged from 1)

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Travis Kelce

The Chiefs don’t have anyone appropriate for this category, given they have a well-known QB, an experienced group of receivers and a rookie running back who has received a lot of hype. But Kelce, with two touchdowns in two games, is on pace to exceed his career best in scoring. His highest tally is 10 TDs in 2018.

Adam Teicher


Sports Illustrated MMQB: 2

(down from 1)

Last week: Win at Los Angeles Chargers 23-20

This week: at Baltimore

It is frustrating when you develop a fairly successful coverage plan against the Chiefs, only to have Patrick Mahomes rush for 54 yards, pick up a whole bunch of first downs and destroy your defense another way. This offense is unbeatable and has the luxury of flowing from a Super Bowl into a condensed offseason. We will see how they handle yet another formidable challenge next week.

— Conor Orr


CBSSports.com: 1

(unchanged from 1)

It wasn’t pretty against the Chargers, but they found a way. The offense isn’t close to clicking yet. That will come.

— Pete Prisco


Yahoo! Sports: 2

(unchanged from 2)

The best part of the Chiefs’ comeback win on Sunday might be that it didn’t take any luster off of their Week 3 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

— Frank Schawb


The Sporting News: 1

(unchanged from 1)

The run defense continues to have problems and their passing offense isn’t always automatic. But they still have Patrick Mahomes to save the day, and all he needs is a chance late. That escape from Los Angeles keeps the dream of 16-0 alive, but the No. 2 team here is next on the schedule.

— Vinnie Iyer


USA Today: 2

(down from 1 )

Purists may hate to see a defending champ dropped in a power poll when they have yet to lose ... even if they’re benefiting from a bailout of a listless performance courtesy of stellar K Harrison Butk(ick)er. But Kansas City can correct any perceived slight by beating Baltimore on Monday night.

Nate Davis


The Washington Post: 1

(unchanged from 1)

The Chiefs certainly weren’t at their best in Los Angeles but they persevered for a gritty overtime win over the Chargers. Now comes a glamorous matchup with the Ravens next Monday night in Baltimore.

— Mark Maske


Mile High Report: 1

(unchanged from 1)

I think the Top 4 teams are the true contenders for a Super Bowl right now, but those in the next six spots are on the verge of becoming challenges on any given Sunday.

— Tim Lynch


Bleeding Green Nation: 2

(down from 1)

The reigning Super Bowl champs needed overtime to pull out a win against a rookie quarterback unexpectedly making his first start. KC is only 10th in DVOA after Week 2; their 24th ranked defense is their weak point.

— Brandon Lee Gowton