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NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Move To No. 13 In CBS Sports Poll

The Chiefs have been climbing steadily up the power rankings each week with one win after another. Four wins later, they're breaking into the upper half.

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NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs Sit At No. 16 At NFL.com's Power Poll

The Kansas City Chiefs are beginning to earn the respect of NFL writers everywhere with the ascension of the team to the top of both the AFC West standings and various Power Rankings that come out on Tuesdays. The NFL.com official Power Poll released this morning has the Chiefs at No. 16 overall, tied with biggest jump in the standings from No. 20 with the Philadelphia Eagles (who moved from No. 19 to No. 15).

The Chiefs won a thrilling yet sloppy Monday Night Football game last night against the San Diego Chargers to sit in a first place tie in the division alongside San Diego and the Oakland Raiders, who had their bye week this week. That makes four in a row for the Chiefs who started at 0-3 and it completes one of the most amazing turnarounds to a season in recent NFL history. Todd Haley, who was once on the hot seat reportedly, now has to be an early candidate for Coach of the Year.

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NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Move To No. 13 In CBS Sports Poll

The Kansas City Chiefs are moving up in everyone’s opinion, but CBS Sports has them higher than anyone coming out with NFL Power Rankings so far this Tuesday morning. The Chiefs are now at No. 13 on the list, moving up an incredible 11 spots from No 24.

Pete Prisco writes, ’Somehow after that 0-3 start, they are now tied for first place in the division. With two winnable games coming up, they could get to 6-3. Wow."

The Packers, 49ers and Steelers sit at the top of the poll. As for other AFC West rivals, the Chargers and Raiders are both immediately below the Chiefs at No. 14 and 15. The Broncos are finally ranked at No. 28.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 9: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers All Huddled Together

The AFC West standings aren’t the only place that the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders are huddled together. All three teams currently stand at 4-3 in the win-loss column and all three are also placed together in the latest NFL Power Rankings from SB Nation at No. 15, 16 and 17 respectively. The Chiefs are likely on top because they just beat the Raiders and Chargers in consecutive weeks.

The Chargers were at No. 7 last week and now they fall to No. 16 after two straight losses to the Chiefs and Jets. SB Nation’s Joel Thorman writes, “It’s only fitting to put all three AFC West teams tied for first place right in a row here. But while we’re here — Philip Rivers’ fumble was terrible. Just terrible.”

As for the Raiders, they had a bye week to adjust to Carson Palmer as their new starting quarterback. They sit at No. 17 and Thorman writes, “The Raiders are the last AFC West team grouped here but they’re in a tie for first place with the rest of the gang.”

The Broncos round out the AFC West at No. 29 and it’s amazing they’ve even won two games to this point based on how they looked on Sunday. Thorman’s commentary reads, “Last week Tim Tebow was horrible for 55 minutes and great for five minutes. This week, he was just flat-out horrible. The Broncos were crushed by the Lions and Detroit players publicly and anonymously mocked Tebow.”

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