NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs remain at No. 1

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Harrison Butker
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Harrison Butker /

The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t going anywhere for a second consecutive week as they continue to assert their will on opponents through Week 5.

Given the fact that they’re the only unbeaten team left in the NFL, it’s not a surprise to see the Kansas City Chiefs sitting atop every NFL Power Rankings list put out by the media after Week 5 is officially in the books. What is interesting, however, is the range of attitudes in doing so. Despite beating several playoff level opponents, including the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots—each of which could be classified as a top 5 NFL team—some columnists remain skeptical of the Chiefs supremacy.

Take, for example, the New York Daily News. The Chiefs are No. 1, yet Manish Mehta isn’t quite so sure about Reid and the Chiefs.

"Raise your hand if you’re still not completely sold on Andy Reid’s club. Sure, the only undefeated in the land deserves a spot on the mountaintop for the second consecutive week, but I’ll feel a lot more confident if Kansas City avenges last year’s divisional round loss to the Steelers this week. Note to Travis Kelce: No dumb penalties, please."

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Mehta’s right to feel skeptical if he wants to bring up the Steelers, who the Chiefs face on Sunday afternoon. The reality is that the Chiefs haven’t exactly played deep into the postseason in recent years despite solid regular season success. The Steelers were the team that upset them last year despite having a first round bye and playing at Arrowhead. Yet beating them in the regular season would likely still leave Mehta wanting proof in January instead.

Over at Yahoo! Sports, Frank Schwab mentioned the Steelers as well, noting the Chiefs would look like they have nothing to worry about in the AFC at all with a win.

"If the Chiefs beat the Steelers at home this week, they’ll be 6-0 with wins (and the tiebreaker) against the Patriots, Texans and Steelers. If that happens, they couldn’t possibly have a clearer path to the No. 1 seed in the AFC."

What is clear is that with each passing win, the Chiefs are convincing more and more people of their ability to win—and that includes individual members of the rosters. Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press mentions Alex Smith as MVP and seems he’s slowly getting on board.

"Alex Smith as MVP? He’s starting to earn that talk and deservedly so (who thought we’d be saying that at this point?) with a 76.6% completion percentage, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions."

We couldn’t agree more.