KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Last week's home victory over the lowly Oakland Raiders was big for the Kansas City Chiefs. It kept raised their record to 8-6 and kept them alive with regard to the race for the AFC's two wild-card playoff spots.
But it didn't do much for the Chiefs in ESPN's Power Rankings. The Chiefs jumped just one spot this week, to No. 13.
It's difficult to argue that the Chiefs deserve to be higher in the rankings, not since the Raiders win busted their three-game losing streak. The Chiefs are the highest ranked of the NFL's three 8-6 teams. Each of the 12 teams ranked ahead of them has a record of 9-5 or better.
The Chiefs also don't deserve to be ranked any lower. They have defeated this season the three teams immediately below them in the rankings: the No. 14 Chargers, the No. 15 Buffalo Bills and the No. 16 Miami Dolphins.