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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 5 Kansas City Chiefs

By Adam Teicher

A weekly examination of the Chiefs' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 19 | Last Week: 9 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Kansas City Chiefs continue their climb up the ESPN NFL Power Rankings. The 4-0 Chiefs, one of five remaining undefeated teams, are at No. 5, up from No. 9 last week.

I see no argument that supports putting any of the one-loss teams above the Chiefs in the rankings. Likewise, I see no argument that supports putting the Chiefs in the top two spots, currently occupied by Denver and Seattle.

But do the Chiefs deserve to be ranked No. 3 or 4? Maybe. Those spots are occupied by New Orleans and New England. The Saints have played three of their four games at home, with their only road game against winless Tampa Bay. They will get tested the next two weeks with road games against Chicago and New England.

The Patriots have road victories against Buffalo and Atlanta. That’s more impressive than the Chiefs, who have road wins against Jacksonville and Philadelphia. But the Chiefs have a point differential of plus-61, as opposed to plus-32 for New England.

My rankings would have the Chiefs at No. 4, behind the Patriots but ahead of the Saints.