NFL power rankings: Chiefs surge, Broncos tank
The NFL power rankings are out for Week 13, and the Kansas City Chiefs are moving up while the Denver Broncos are falling behind.
After Sunday night’s thrilling 30-27 overtime win in the Mile High city, things are looking up for the Chiefs. Kansas City is 8-3 and while it remains one game behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West, the two teams will play in two weeks at Arrowhead Stadium.
Andy Reid and Co. are hoping to get healthier down the stretch, trying to secure not only a division crown but a bye in the AFC playoffs. Suddenly, they are right there and starting to peak, right after things were looking bleak.
Here is where things stand around the internet…
FanSided – 4
The Chiefs won the best game of the NFL season. Kansas City is riddled with injuries and winning. If it gets healthy, look out.
CBS Sports – 5
That was a big-time victory at Denver. When they get Dee Ford back to go with Justin Houston, they will be menacing on defense.
Washington Post – 5
The Broncos’ overtime decision to attempt a 62-yard field goal certainly contributed to the Chiefs’ uplifting triumph Sunday night. But the Chiefs more than did their part, also. Their performance was all about grit and perseverance. And QB Alex Smith was awfully good in crunch time against Denver’s powerful defense.
Yahoo – 4
At some point this season, the defense will have Dee Ford, Justin Houston, Jaye Howard, Eric Berry, Marcus Peters and Dontari Poe (and Tamba Hali, and Derrick Johnson … you get the point) healthy and all on the field together. Don’t underestimate this team. They have won 19 of their last 23 games, counting playoffs.
NFL.com – 6
How fun was it to watch Justin Houston blow up blocking schemes on Sunday night? J.J. Watt is considered the best defensive player in football, Von Miller has 58 commercials and Marcus Peters gets all the praise on the Chiefs’ defense — but Houston is a bad@#$. Sure, he had three sacks. How about some of the stops he made in the run game? The dude made 10 tackles and forced a fumble. Somehow the football world conveniently forgot his 22 (legitimate) sacks in 2014. On another note, I once hit a Cairo Santos banker off a windmill at Malibu Putt Putt Golf and Games. Anyone been to Howl-in-One? (@HarrisonNFL) Crazy Sunday night kicking lives.
ESPN.com – 5
Whenever you’re the “first since Gale Sayers,” you’re probably doing something right. Tyreek Hill became the first since Sayers with rushing, receiving and kick return touchdowns in the same game, which was a very good thing for the Chiefs, as they improved to 8-3. The Chiefs head to Atlanta this week.