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Chiefs take a tumble in all of the newest NFL power rankings

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Steven Terrell (left) knocked the ball loose at the 1-yard line from teammate Jehu Chesson for a punt that fell into the end zone on Sunday.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Steven Terrell (left) knocked the ball loose at the 1-yard line from teammate Jehu Chesson for a punt that fell into the end zone on Sunday. deulitt@kcstar.com

After a 5-0 start, the Chiefs were No. 1 in every NFL power ranking from national writers.

They have since lost three of four and, unsurprisingly, have dropped in the rankings heading into Week 10. Here are those new power rankings from 10 national organizations and their thoughts on the unbeaten Chiefs:

▪ ESPN dropped the Chiefs from third to fifth in the rankings. “With Kareem Hunt slowing down (47.8 rushing yards per game over the past four), Alex Smith will need to continue making big plays,” ESPN wrote.

▪ The Chiefs are ranked sixth by Yahoo Sports. Frank Schwab wrote: “The Chiefs are still a contender. None of their losses individually were that bad. They’re still clearly the favorite in the AFC West.”

▪ The Washington Post has the Chiefs at No. 11. Mark Maske wrote: “The Chiefs don’t resemble the team that began the season 5-0. But with the Raiders and Broncos failing to put much pressure on them in the AFC West, they haven’t had to be that team.”

▪ The Chiefs slid from fifth to No. 10 in Bleacher Report’s rankings. Chris Simms wrote: “Defensively, the Chiefs are bad, plain and simple. They give up too many big plays and haven’t been forcing enough turnovers. Marcus Peters hasn’t been getting them, and safety Eric Berry obviously isn't there to get them. Turnovers helped an average defense look good in 2016, but that isn’t happening this year.”

▪ NFL.com has the Chiefs ranked ninth. Elliot Harrison wrote: “The Chiefs are still Super Bowl contenders. It’s far from panic time. Kansas City has played a very difficult schedule to this point. In fact, four of the Chiefs’ past opponents are in the top eight of these rankings — and they’ve also played Nos. 13, 15 and 18.”

▪ In dropping the Chiefs five spots to No. 8 in its power rankings, USA Today noted: “No team has allowed more first downs than Kansas City’s 213.”

▪ The Chiefs dropped from fourth to seventh in Pro Football Talk’s power rankings. “The good news is that Andy Reid almost never loses his first game after a bye. The bad news is that this year’s break is being wasted on the Giants, an opponent they could beat on one day’s rest,” Mike Florio wrote.

▪ Sports Illustrated ranked the Chiefs fifth, a drop of two spots. Sports Illustrated has 15 people vote to make up its rankings.

▪ The Chiefs went from No. 4 to No. 8 in CBS Sports’ rankings. “The defense just isn't as good as expected,” Pete Prisco wrote.

▪ The Sporting News ranks the Chiefs at No. 7. “It would be disastrous for the Chiefs not to get a top-two seed and a home game at Arrowhead in the playoffs after the start Kansas City had to the year,” Vinnie Iyer wrote.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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