NFL Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs are Best Teams in AFC

Eric Streller@1weekfantasyContributor IISeptember 26, 2010

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Charlie Batch #16 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Who would have thought three weeks into the season that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs would be the two teams in the AFC that have unblemished records?

While the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts look very good at 2-1, it's the Steelers and the Chiefs that have gotten it done each week to stand atop the AFC.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers were the team that was going to try and just stay afloat until their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, came back after at least four weeks off due to his immature incident in the offseason.

We knew their defense would be tough, but we didn't know if it would be enough to carry the entire team. After three weeks, they've only given up 11 points a game against fairly formidable offenses.

On offense, an unproven backup quarterback, Dennis Dixon, was supposed to try and keep the team from completely falling apart until Roethlisberger came back. That barely lasted a game and a half until he went down to injury.

In came Charlie Batch, whose claim to fame is leading a mediocre Detroit Lions team for a few seasons. In his first start, Batch threw three touchdowns and led the Steelers to a 38-13 victory over the previously-unbeaten Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Currently, the Steelers appear to be on the short list of AFC teams that look Super Bowl-worthy.

Next week will be another big test when they face the Baltimore Ravens, who have underperformed up to this point. Taking a 4-0 record into their bye week in Week 5 will be a huge feat.


Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs, on the other hand, weren't expected to have anything better than a .500 season at the absolute best.

They've been pretty bad for a few years now, and no one saw them being any better this season.

Matt Cassel hasn't been spectacular; he had a 55.8 QB rating through the first two games. Their third-down conversions are horrible, and their defense isn't performing extraordinarily.

So why are the Chiefs playing so well? That's a question that can't be answered on paper.

They are rushing the ball fairly well with Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles carrying the load. But other than that, they aren't doing anything special.

The most important thing is that they are finding ways to win.

They kind of remind me of the New York Jets from a year ago minus the stellar defense. When looking at the Chiefs' remaining schedule, they could seriously win 11 games.

I only see five games they would potentially lose if they continue to play at their current level.



There's a lot of football left to play, but as it is now, the Steelers and the Chiefs stand atop the AFC.

If you were told that there would be two undefeated teams after three weeks of play in the NFL, who would you have thought it would be? The Colts (2-1), Jets(2-1), or Ravens (2-1)?

Or what about the Chargers (1-2), Patriots (2-1) or Titans (2-1)?

Well, don't feel bad. I don't think there's anyone in his or her right mind that thought it would be the Steelers and the Chiefs.

Time will tell how these teams' seasons play out.

The Steelers have the most room to improvement and the most potential, because they still have their two-time Super Bowl champion and All-Pro quarterback coming back in the very near future. 

The Chiefs still have a question mark by their unblemished record. But for now, they're sitting in a good spot.