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All Hail The Chiefs In The Latest NFL Power Rankings

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Since the start of Football.com’s NFL Power Rankings, only two teams have held the top spot: the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. It’s been a back-and-forth battle, with the two teams splitting the No. 1 ranking to a dead even 4-4 split.

However, their stranglehold atop the rankings has finally been broken, and we crown a new No. 1 this week: All hail the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Football.com NFL Power Rankings are based on votes tallied each week by a panel consisting of Football.com editors Evan Grossman, Allen Kim, Brett Spielberg, Christopher Smith, David Seigerman, Doug Orth, Jake Ciely, Josh Grossman, Mike Greger, Stan Chrapowicki and Zachary Doleiden.

Rank

Team

Record

Last Week

Comments

1

Kansas City Chiefs

8-0

3

Kansas City finally knocked off the Broncos and Seahawks for the top spot, and they certainly deserve the No. 1 ranking as the only undefeated team left in the league.

2

Denver Broncos

7-1

2

There were some concerns after they fell behind Washington 21-7, but a 38-0 run quickly quelled any fears.

3

Seattle Seahawks

7-1

1

Seattle’s defense was once again dominant in their win over the St. Louis Rams, but their struggles along the offensive line coupled with the loss of Sidney Rice are troubling.

4

Indianapolis Colts

5-2

5

Let’s see how the Colts respond coming out of their bye after losing Reggie Wayne for the season.

5

New Orleans Saints

6-1

6

Jimmy Graham is dealing with a torn plantar fascia, and this is going to be a major cause for concern moving forward.

6

San Francisco 49ers

6-2

4

The 49ers have now won five straight, and they’re nipping at the heels of the Seahawks for the top spot in the division.

7

Cincinnati Bengals

6-2

8

Andy Dalton is on fire. If he can keep up this level of play, the Bengals are legit Super Bowl contenders.

8

Green Bay Packers

5-2

7

The Packers are getting major contributions from the run game, and it adds a sorely needed dimension to their offense.

9

New England Patriots

6-2

9

The addition of Isaac Sopoaga will probably help to marginally improve their rush defense, but the loss of Stephen Vollmer is a major blow to their O-line.

10

Detroit Lions

5-3

11

Calvin Johnson just put to bed any talk of Dez Bryant challenging him for the top spot in the receiver pecking order.

11

Carolina Panthers

4-3

16

Make that three straight for the Panthers. Cam Newton is hot, their offense is rolling, and their defense has only allowed three touchdowns in the last three games.

12

Dallas Cowboys

4-4

10

Dallas’ troubles against the pass are more than a cause for concern at this point. Adding to their problems is the loss of RG Brian Waters for the season.

13

San Diego Chargers

4-3

13

The Chargers defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in two straight games, and Philip Rivers should have little trouble carving up Washington’s secondary.

14

Baltimore Ravens

3-4

12

Can Baltimore rebound after getting the bye week to rest and regroup?

15

Chicago Bears

4-3

14

Jay Cutler may be ahead of schedule, and they’re still above .500. However, a date against the Green Bay Packers next week followed by a matchup with the Detroit Lions does not bode well for the team.

16

Tennessee Titans

3-4

15

With two games against the division-leading Colts, the next five weeks could make or break their season.

17

Arizona Cardinals

4-4

24

The Cardinals finally unleashed Andre Ellington, and it paid off as he propelled them to a 27-13 win over the Falcons.

18

Cleveland Browns

3-5

25

Jason Campbell clearly has something left in the tank. They may have lost, but they looked pretty good battling against the undefeated Chiefs in a close contest.

19

Miami Dolphins

3-4

17

The Dolphins have now lost four straight, their O-line still can’t keep Ryan Tannehill upright, and players are allegedly starting to question OC Mike Sherman.

20

Oakland Raiders

3-4

27

A win over the Steelers is encouraging, and with the reeling Eagles and disappointing Giants next up on the schedule, the Raiders could potentially go on a three-game winning streak.

21

New York Jets

4-4

18

The Jets need to find some sort of consistency or their roller coaster ride of a season will continue.

22

Buffalo Bills

3-5

21

The Saints and Chiefs in back-to-back weeks is just unfair. The Bills are better than their record indicates, and EJ Manuel can’t come back soon enough.

23

Houston Texans

2-5

23

The Texans finally got a break with their bye week, but they host the Colts at home, and it won’t be easy for them to break their five-game losing streak against Indy.

24

Atlanta Falcons

2-5

19

They’re going to need a lot more help from Steven Jackson and the run game if they hope to avoid piling up losses.

25

Washington Redskins

2-5

22

After generating a healthy dose of optimism after taking a 21-7 lead over the Broncos, they completely broke down and gave up 38 straight points. Something is clearly wrong in D.C., and they better figure it out quickly if they hope to salvage their season.

26

New York Giants

2-6

29

A two-game winning streak for the Giants? It’s not a complete turnaround, but they’re suddenly back in the division race.

27

Pittsburgh Steelers

2-5

20

The Steelers finally looked like they got their season back on track after two straight wins, but they came crashing back down to Earth after a loss to the Raiders.

28

St. Louis Rams

3-5

28

Where has that defense been all season long? The Rams record could be a lot different right now if they were playing like that throughout the year. It’s just too bad that they’ll be playing the rest of the year with Kellen Clemens behind center.

29

Philadelphia Eagles

3-5

26

The Eagles haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in two straight weeks, and something needs to change on offense.

30

Minnesota Vikings

1-6

30

They played better with Christian Ponder back under center, but they still added another notch in the loss column.

31

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

0-7

31

Doug Martin is supposedly going to return at some point this year, but Mike Williams can kiss the rest of the 2013 season goodbye with a torn hamstring.

32

Jacksonville Jaguars

0-8

32

The bleeding finally stops now that the Jaguars have a week off for their bye.