KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- They took the weekend off but the Kansas City Chiefs still climbed a spot in this week's ESPN NFL Power Rankings. They jumped to 18 from 19 despite being on their bye.
The Chiefs have some numbers to suggest they should be even higher in the rankings. They have, to date, played one of the most difficult schedules in the NFL. They are the NFL's only team with a losing record to have scored more points (119) than it has allowed (101). The Chiefs can make a strong case to be ahead of the No. 16 Chicago Bears and No. 17 New Orleans Saints. Both of those teams have allowed more points than they've scored.
But the Chiefs are 2-3, so whether they're 16th or 18th, they certainly belong somewhere in the middle of the pack.
It's time for the Chiefs to make their move in the AFC West race, as well as the Power Rankings. The Chiefs have a big game on Sunday against the Chargers in San Diego. A victory would leave the Chiefs no worse than two games out of first place in the division, with home games against the Chargers and Denver Broncos remaining.
If the Chiefs deserve to be moved higher in the Power Rankings, they'll have to earn that jump on Sunday.