NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs and More Hot Teams Cruising for a Loss

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Running back Jackie Battle #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders on October 23, 2011 at Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs won 28-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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After eight weeks of NFL play, I've got a pretty good handle on my power rankings. I know the teams that are better than their records indicate (hello there, Eagles) and I know the teams that aren't as good as the win/loss column shows.

Let's check out the teams who are hot right now, but are heading for a big drop-off. 


Kansas City Chiefs

After starting the season with three bad losses, the Chiefs have bounced back with three straight wins to hit the .500 mark. Too bad it's been against crappy teams like the Colts, Vikings and the six-interception Raiders.

KC has a tough matchup against a Chargers team that's trying not to implode early in the season, then another two winnable games against Miami and Denver. They could potentially be 6-3 or at least 5-4 after 10 weeks, which isn't bad at all.

But they better enjoy it, because after that it's a murderers row against the Pats, Steelers, Bears, Jets and Packers in a five game stretch that may bury the Chiefs' playoff changes.


SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals should thank the schedule-makers for gifting them a schedule that allowed them to beat up on the Jags, Colts and Seahawks these past three weeks. Now they might be in for a dose of reality with matchups against a revitalized Titans team and then a tough stretch against the Steelers and Ravens.

I don't know, something just tells me that this team is playing way beyond themselves right now and I see them coming back down to earth soon.


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 30:   Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants runs off the field after defeating the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

New York Giants

The Giants have been winning by the skin of their teeth lately, with their last three victories coming by a combined 10 points. And if you only beat the Dolphins by three points, you're either not as good as you think, or you're Tim Tebow. Oh, wait, that's the same thing.

Either way, the 5-2 Giants will have a big reality check coming up with a stretch against the Pats, Niners, an Eagles team with new life, Saints and Packers. Oof. I would not want to be Eli Manning right about now.

Here are my power rankings after Week 8. You'll notice these three teams are probably lower than you would think.

1.     Green Bay Packers

2.     Pittsburgh Steelers

3.     San Francisco 49ers

4.     Detroit Lions

5.     New England Patriots

6.     Buffalo Bills

7.     Houston Texans

8.     New Orleans Saints

9.     Baltimore Ravens

10.   Philadelphia Eagles

11.   Atlanta Falcons

12.   New York Giants

13.   New York Jets

14.   San Diego Chargers

15.   Chicago Bears

16.   Tennessee Titans

17.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18.   Cincinnati Bengals

19.   Kansas City Chiefs

20.   Dallas Cowboys

21.   Oakland Raiders

22.   Minnesota Vikings

23.   Carolina Panthers

24.   Washington Redskins

25.   Cleveland Browns

26.   St. Louis Rams

27.   Arizona Cardinals

28.   Jacksonville Jaguars

29.   Denver Broncos

30.   Seattle Seahawks

31.   Indianapolis Colts

32.   Miami Dolphins