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NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Kansas City Inching Out Of The Cellar

With a close win against Minnesota, Kansas City moves up in SBNation's NFL Power Rankings with a chance to salvage their season.

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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After dropping their first two games by a combined score of 89-10, the Kansas City Chiefs have taken some baby steps in SBNation's NFL Power Rankings for Week 5, moving into the 27th slot after a 22-17 victory over fellow cellar dweller Minnesota:

27. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3, LW: 30): KC exits the Andrew Luck sweepstakes -- for now -- with a Week 4 victory over the Vikings. Believe it or not, they can make the AFC West interesting with games coming up against Indy and Oakland.

As Thormon notes, there is suddenly a ray of hope for a season that looked almost lost after season-ending injuries to Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry.

The Chiefs head to Indianapolis to face a winless Colts team that could be the first serious entrant in the race to 0-16 and Stanford QB Andrew Luck. 

A victory there puts Kansas City on a win streak going into their bye week and sets up a chance for them to re-enter the AFC West picture with a Week 7 game against second-place Oakland.