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Chiefs not lacking for respect

Chiefs on the move from week 1

Jay Binkley
September 12, 2017 - 11:27 am

Ok pardon me for geeking out on the power rankings but the Chiefs are getting some major credit for their week one win over the Patriots.


Chiefs climbed from #7 to #2 this week

This is what they said:

"Huge win for the Chiefs over New England, although it shouldn't have been considered a huge upset in retrospect. The Patriots are the defending champs, but they must absorb injuries like every other roster in the league. You knew Alex Smith was going to be ready to play and keep a rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes in a baseball cap on the Kansas City sideline. From a matchup standpoint, Smith's front five is better than New England's front seven. And like Bill Belichick, Chiefs coach Andy Reid had all offseason to prepare. The shockers? Rookie Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt fumbling for the first time since before college, then rumbling toarguably the best debut in the history of the NFL. Also the clutch play from corner Terrance Mitchell, who, since 2014, has been waived by the Cowboys, Bears, Cowboys again, Texans and Chiefsbefore being re-signed by K.C. last year. And there he was on "Thursday Night Football," holding his own against the best quarterback in the world."-NFL.com Elliot Harrison


They moved the Chiefs all the way from #8 to #1 this week

This is what they said:

"They've probably been unfairly overlooked until now. Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt and Justin Houston ensure they won't be any longer after statement win."-USA Today


Pete Prisco moved them from 9th to 4th.  Which is a bunch for him.

What he said:

"That was an impressive opener against the Pats, and the best thing was the play of Alex Smith. If he can continue that, this team could be a deep playoff team -- and more."-Pete Prisco


Moved the Chiefs up from 8th to 3rd

What they are saying:

"Alex Smith threw four touchdown passes, Kareem Hunt set a league record with 246 yards from scrimmage in his NFL debut and Tyreek Hill scored another 60-yard TD. Possible overreaction: If the offense keeps it up, the Chiefs are the team to beat in the AFC. FPI currently agrees, giving them a league-best 90 percent chance of making the playoffs."ESPN.com

-ESPN's Football power index

Probably the most accurate indicator because it takes out personal opinion.


In one of the biggest moves the Sporting News takes the Chiefs from 11th to #2

What they said:

"To be the best in the AFC, you have to beat the best in the AFC. The Chiefs had a resounding response to their playoff disappointment by roaring back in Foxborough. Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt need to keep it up as a dynamic offensive duo." -Sporting News Vinnie Iyer

They have the Chiefs #1 and last week at #11

**Henry Lake says it's the Chiefs time to shine.

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