NFL power rankings: Chiefs firm their position within Top 10

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Kevin Pierre-Louis /

The Kansas City Chiefs are making believers again out of most of the league’s analysts with three straight wins to clinch a postseason berth.

Over the first five weeks of the regular season, the Kansas City Chiefs made believers out of everyone. Wins over the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and others will do that, as will remaining the last unbeaten team in the NFL. Unfortunately the midseason tumble, a stretch in which the Chiefs lost a miserable six of seven games, doubts not only began to creep in among analysts, but the team was soon labeled pretenders.

With their backs against the wall entering the month of December, however, the Chiefs have started to turn those doubts around once again with convincing victories over the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins. While none of the three are playoff teams, they’re also not basement dwellers, and each of those franchise were also fighting for their own postseason hopes.

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Perhaps that’s why the Chiefs are getting a decent amount of credit for their late season winning streak that clinched an AFC West title in the process. In the latest round of NFL power rankings, the Chiefs are firming up their position in the top 10 and have even bumped up a spot or two in several lists.

Over at Bleacher Report, the Chiefs have finally moved into the top 10 at No. 9 overall as the site’s experts have been slow to believe in K.C. Elliott Harrison of has the Chiefs in the exact same position at No. 9, up two spots in a swap of positions with the Atlanta Falcons. At ESPN, the Chiefs are a top 8 team after climbing two spots and leaped over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the process.

Not everyone is convinced, however, as Mark Maske of the Washington Post still has the Chiefs on the outside of the top 10 looking in. They’re currently listed at No. 11 overall.