KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A team with a three-game losing streak while allowing more than 30 points in each defeat would look to be near the bottom of ESPN's weekly Power Rankings.
But that team, the Kansas City Chiefs, is 18th in this week's poll. That's down six spots from last week yet the Chiefs are the highest-ranked team with just one win and ahead of three teams with better records.
Voters are obviously taking the Chiefs' difficult schedule into account. The three teams to have defeated the Chiefs (Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals) remain undefeated. The combined record of Chiefs' opponents (13-3) is better than for any other team in the league.
That makes sense. But if the Chiefs want to avoid a freefall, they'd better win on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Their opponents are the Chicago Bears, who are ranked 29th this week. The Bears climbed out of the 32nd spot from last week by winning their first game of the season, against the Oakland Raiders.