Kansas City, the only unbeaten team in the NFL, is now alone atop The Associated Press power rankings.
The Chiefs didn’t exactly impress the voters in a 23-13 victory against Buffalo that included two touchdowns from the defense and none from the offense. Some panelists figure Kansas City’s 9-0 record will get a test soon enough: The Chiefs, 2-14 a year ago, go to Denver after this week’s bye.
“Chiefs’ stunning turnaround continues with a road win on the tougher-than-expected Bills, as defense shines once more,” wrote Bob Glauber of Newsday. “Now it’s time for the next – and biggest – test: Two of their next three against the Broncos after they return from the bye.”
Seattle fell out of a tie for the top spot in the AP Pro32 poll released Tuesday after beating winless Tampa Bay 27-24 in overtime with the biggest comeback in franchise history. The Buccaneers led the Seahawks 21-0 in the second quarter.
The Chiefs had six first-place votes and 371 points from the 12-member panel. The No. 2 Seahawks (366 points) and third-place Broncos (364) split the other six first-place votes.
Indianapolis and San Francisco moved from a tie for fifth to even for fourth at 347 points apiece.