On the ropes early in the second half, cornerback Sean Smith was in the wrong place (but at the right time) for the Chiefs when he intercepted a pass and took it 100 yards for a game-tying touchdown. Outside linebacker Tamba Hali would score on a fumble return in the fourth quarter to give Kansas City its second defensive score of the game.
Another subpar effort out of the Chiefs offense, however, will do little to mitigate the questions of whether or not this team is as good as its record indicates. But a looming primetime matchup with the Denver Broncos in Week 11 should help shed some light on where Kansas City sits among the NFL hierarchy.
Here is a look at where the Chiefs fare in some of this week's NFL power rankings.
Yahoo -- Frank Schwab -- No. 6 (Last Week: No. 6)
"I'm willing to move them up, perhaps to the top, if they beat Denver. I'm not moving them up after they were outgained 470-210 by Jeff Tuel and the Buffalo Bills."
Some experts are still looking at the Week 11 matchup with the Denver Broncos as the true barometer for where the undefeated Chiefs really stand among the rest of the NFL's elite.
CBSSports.com -- Pat Kirwan -- No. 1 (Last week: No. 1)
"The Chiefs are 9-0 at their bye and there's a tough road ahead. They win with defense and an offense that doesn't give games away. That formula may not hold up deep into the playoffs but time will tell. Alex Smith is 28-5-1 since 2011 so he must be doing something right."
As the offense is repeatedly questioned, the wins for Kansas City continue to pile up; so some credit has to be given to the Chiefs, regardless of how they are going about business.
Fox Sports -- Brian Billick -- No. 3 (Last week: No. 1)
"That old saying "defense wins championships" was true a decade ago, but I'm not sure it holds up in today's NFL. The Chiefs are going to need more from their offense to win down the stretch."
With nowhere to go but down in the rankings (from the consensus), some are starting to question if Kansas City's defense will be enough to make a title run.
NFL.com -- Elliot Harrison -- No. 2 (Last week: No. 2)
"Remember when you were a junior in high school and didn't have a date to the prom, and everybody wanted you to ask the girl in trig class who used to wear Mr. Rogers sweaters and a retainer ... you know, just so you could go (and pitch in for the limo)? That's the Chiefs. Nobody wants to take them -- that is, accept them as Super Bowl contenders. Yet, at some point, we'll have to recognize that we're running out of options. At the end of the day, the Chiefs belong because of their defense, which has done a great job holding opponents' scoring down. On Sunday, the unit did what championship defenses do: score points. #9-0"
Somebody finally gets it!
ESPN.com -- No. 1 (Last week: No. 1)
"Say what you will about a vanilla offensive performance Sunday, but the undefeated Chiefs keep finding ways to win. Kansas City has a bye to prep for Denver."
Head Coach Andy Reid is 13-1 in his career after the bye week. Extra time to prepare for a crucial road matchup with the Broncos only helps Kansas City in this spot.
With the Chiefs not playing this weekend, look for a momentary drop in the power rankings before their tilt with Denver -- which will either cement their status as the NFL's best team, or provide a little truth to notion that their record is not a suitable indication of where they stand among the rest of the league.Jeremy Sickel has successfully created and operated numerous websites. His work can be read on Yahoo and Bleacher Report, and he has also appeared on various podcasts and sports talk shows around the country. Interact with Jeremy on Twitter @JeremySickel
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