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Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs are everyone’s All-American

Going into Week 4, there is consensus.

Kansas City Chiefs v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

A week ago, some of the national writers were thinking the Kansas City Chiefs had been overrated when listed at the top of their rankings. Mea culpas abound in the Week 4.

Here’s our sampling:


NFL.com: 1

(up from 2)

Statement Game? Statement Game. The Chiefs went to Baltimore on Monday night and punched the Ravens in the mouth. The man landing the majority of those uppercuts and overhand rights was — of course — the great Patrick Mahomes, who accounted for five touchdowns in another dominant performance. Kansas City’s underrated defense deserves praise, as well, holding Lamar Jackson under 100 yards passing in a deeply frustrating evening for the reigning MVP. Baltimore’s leading receiver was running back J.K. Dobbins, who had 38 yards in a safety-valve role. The Chiefs haven’t lost since last November ... and they don’t look ready to end that streak any time soon.

— Dan Hanzus


ESPN: 1

(unchanged from 1)

What we got wrong: The defense would pick up where it left off last season.

The Chiefs entered Monday night’s game 28th in yards allowed but sixth in scoring defense, so the results have been mixed. In their first two games, the Chiefs weren’t as solid defensively as they were down the stretch last season. They could still get there, and Monday night was a big step, but if it eventually happens, it will have taken more time than initially thought.

Adam Teicher


Sports Illustrated MMQB: 1

(up from 2)

Last week: Win at Baltimore 34-20

Next week: vs. New England

Consider Weeks 1 and 2 something of a preseason. The score-in-an-instant, empty-the-bag-of-tricks Chiefs were back on Monday night, with Patrick Mahomes firing off ridiculous throws with ease for four passing TDs, plus one rushing score—against an excellent Ravens defense, no less.

CBSSports.com: 1

(unchanged from 1)

Is there any doubt they are the best team? Going to Baltimore and dominating the Ravens just solidifies it.

— Pete Prisco


Yahoo! Sports: 1

(up from 2)

Sportswriter problem: We have 10-15 more years to write about Patrick Mahomes’ career, and we’ve already run out of adjectives to describe his greatness.

— Frank Schawb


The Sporting News: 1

(unchanged from 1)

The Chiefs have won with the running game and defense to help out Patrick Mahomes in the first two games. They’ll look to put it all together to be more complete reigning Super Bowl champions in Baltimore.

(Editor’s note: this was apparently written before Monday night’s game)

— Vinnie Iyer


USA Today: 1

(up from 2)

Huge win Monday night in Baltimore could very well mean AFC road to Super Bowl LV literally runs through Kansas City in January. Champs proved downgrading them to No. 2 last week was an egregious mistake. Now they’re on to next major challenge: New England.

Nate Davis


The Washington Post: 1

(unchanged from 1)

Patrick Mahomes gave a virtuoso performance Monday night in Baltimore with four TD passes and a scoring run. The Chiefs dug deep into their bag of offensive tricks for that shovel-pass touchdown to a fullback and the tackle-eligible touchdown. It was no contest, and it could end up being significant for playoff seeding.

— Mark Maske


Mile High Report: 1

(unchanged from 1)

I’m still holding out on a couple of 0-3 teams. I think the Houston Texans might be the one that turns it around in time to make a late playoff push. They were competitive in each of their first three games against 3 of the Top 5 teams I have on my power rankings in the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers. I also think the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings are better than their records, but they may not be able to turn it around in time in a strong NFC.

— Tim Lynch


Bleeding Green Nation: 1

(unchanged from 1)

The reigning Super Bowl champions are back on top and it’s hard not to think about how they could be a dynasty. The Chiefs are the manifestation of an elite front office, head coach, and quarterback triumvirate. Brett Veach has the roster stocked with talent. Andy Reid’s offense is creative as ever. Patrick Mahomes is unstoppable. They made beating Baltimore look easy.

— Brandon Lee Gowton