NFL Power Rankings Week 10 Recap: Chiefs Advance After Titans Win

NFL Power Rankings Week 10 Recap: Chiefs Advance After Titans Win

The Kansas City Chiefsnarrow 20-17 win above Tennessee Titans was enough to edge them out a bit in some of the later national rankings. But the writing is on the wall: should we Buffalo Tickets stumble again, the Chiefs will be considered the best team in the AFC.

Here is this week’s sampling:


NFL.com: 3

(unchanged from 3)

How infuriating must it be trying to stop Patrick Mahomes? The superstar quarterback struggled to find consistency in Sunday night’s passing game against the Titans, so he used his legs in the fourth quarter that forced overtime in the 20-17 victory. Scrambling has always been an underrated part of Mahomes’ game, and he killed Tennessee in what was an otherwise outstanding effort from Mike Vrabel’s defense. An offensive subplot to watch in Kansas City: Clyde Edwards-Helaire was on the field for just 17% of the snaps in the Chiefs’ opener. This could be Jerick McKinnon’s backfield to lead in the future.

—Dan Hanzus


ESPN: 2

(instead of 3)

Non-QB MVP: TE Travis Kelce

The Chiefs might have been in trouble if they hadn’t had Kelce, who is on pace for 121 catches, 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns. Receptions and scoring would be career highs, and yards would be within 16 of matching a career high. With a group of receivers that is otherwise mostly new, Patrick Mahomes needed a wide receiver he could rely on, and Kelce delivered week after week in a big way.

Adam Techer


Athleticism: 3

(unchanged from 3)

Business reminder: Third-round pick Mark Andrews and fourth-round pick Kenny Young for third-round pick Derrick Nnadi (trade to Ravens, April 2018)

Plenty of options for another busy business team. Patriots fourth-round rookie cornerback Jack Jones could already be better than Trent McDuffie, who the Chiefs moved through to the draft while giving up picks that turned into Cole Strange and Matt Corral. Jordan Mailata would represent an upgrade at tackle over Andrew Wylie. Tyreek Hill is having the most productive time of his career, but this seems to be the only major offseason wide receiver trade in which there is no seller’s remorse. Instead, the opportunity to pair the two best tight ends in the league is too enticing for Andy Reid to ignore.

—Bo Wulf

Editor’s note: In this week’s power rankings, Wulf asked himself this question for each team: “Given the chance, what trade would this team reverse today?”


CBSSports.com: 2

(instead of 3)

They didn’t look good beating the Titans, who were playing without Ryan Tannehill. But they found a way, which is the sign of a good team.

—Pete Prisco


Yahoo! Sports: 3

(unchanged from 3)

Patrick Mahomes threw 68 times on Sunday night. The NFL record in a game is 70. Mahomes is great but it’s not ideal. The problem is, the Chiefs had 13 running back carries for 14 yards. What should Andy Reid do, try to force a running game that isn’t good or go all out on one of the greatest quarterbacks we’ve seen?

— Frank Schwab


sports news: 3

(unchanged from 3)

The Chiefs no longer played their best offense against the physical Titans, but they got the win thanks to the passing, running and mental toughness of Patrick Mahomes. The defense showed up to stop the run before it was too late.

—Vinnie Iyer


USA today: 3

(unchanged from 3)

A historic Sunday night for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who became the first player in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to pass for at least 400 yards and rush for 60 in the same game. He also tied Hall of Famer Peyton Manning with the second five-game winning streak of his career in which his team trailed at halftime in every outing.

Nate Davis


Mile High Report: 2

(unchanged from 2)

The Chiefs managed to outlast the Titans in overtime on Sunday night, but that game wasn’t good enough to take first place. It’s the undefeated Eagles who finally take their place at the top of the league, and it’s definitely the second half of their Thursday night game that went well, not the first.

—Ross Allen

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