Are people getting ahead of the curve with regard to Chiefs?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs took a big leap in the ESPN NFL Power Rankings after beating the Texans 27-20 on Sunday in Houston to open the season. They moved to No. 7 from from No. 14 in the rankings.

Certainly the victory should have earned the Chiefs some respect. They went on the road and controlled a game against an opponent that is better than it showed on Sunday.

But seven spots for a win against the Texans, who reside this week at No. 26 in the ESPN rankings? Sounds like a huge move for a win against a team the voters don't hold in high regard.

It makes sense that voters ranked the Chiefs where they did because they're anticipating a Kansas City victory in Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos are fourth in this week's Power Rankings.

The Chiefs will undoubtedly become a popular AFC Super Bowl favorite if they beat the Broncos. The Chiefs have a lot going for them and if they can beat the Broncos, even at Arrowhead, they deserve a spot in the top 10 and perhaps even the top 5.

Until then, I'd hold off. But that's just me, obviously.