It's easy to read too much into early results in the NFL, but sometimes, those early results are the start of a larger trend.
Last season, for example, the Chiefs got off to a hot start. Much ink, digital or otherwise, was spilled trying to anticipate the exact moment that the Chiefs' season was going to come crashing down.
Kansas City slowed down as the year progressed, but they ended up winning the division, something no one would have predicted before the season began.
Who are the Kansas City Chiefs of 2011?
That question is yet to be answered, of course, but there are already a few teams that have the look of surprise playoff contenders.
The following five teams will have surprising staying power at the top of the rankings on a week-to-week basis.