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Week 5 NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs Escape The Basement, Sort Of

After their first win of the 2011 NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs moved up in SB Nation's NFL power rankings. Only a little, though.

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SBNation.com's Week 5 NFL Power Rankings are out, and the Kansas Chiefs are no longer in the basement. Moving up three spots from their No. 30 ranking in Week 4, the Chiefs end up at No. 27 in Week 5 after getting their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.

Unfortunately, that means that the Chiefs have forfeited a bit of position in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes. But as Joel Thorman notes, Kansas City might be looking even more out of, er, luck when it comes to Luck in the near future: "Believe it or not, they can make the AFC West interesting with games coming up against Indy and Oakland," he writes.

But though they have a chance to make some noise in the AFC West in those two games, the Chiefs will have to do it on the road in each instance. With that in mind, expecting a return to .500 at 3-3 is probably a bit less realistic than looking at a miserable 1-5 start.

For more on the Chiefs, head to SB Nation's Arrowhead Pride.