NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Kansas City Chiefs Making Case as NFL's Best Team

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COMMENTARY | The Kansas City Chiefs remain undefeated on the young NFL season, improving to 6-0 on Sunday with another dominant defensive performance against the Oakland Raiders.

Kansas City's 24-7 drubbing of the Raiders ended a six-game losing on their home turf at the hands of their division rival, and provided more proof that the Chiefs have indeed put last season's 2-14 showing in the rear-view mirror for good.

Here is a look at where the Chiefs fare in some of this week's NFL power rankings.

Yahoo -- Frank Schwab -- No. 5 (Last week: No. 7)

"He won't win the award because he doesn't put up eye-catching numbers, but safety Eric Berry might be the most valuable defensive player in the league."

The Chiefs have apparently not garnered the respect from all national pundits, but Berry seems to be catching the eye of those around the league.

CBSSports.com -- Pat Kirwan -- No. 2 (Last week: No. 3)

"Some feel their schedule is why they are undefeated, but they have five common opponents with the Broncos and held those five teams to 83 fewer points."

We are now to the point that the Chiefs are being directly compared to the Broncos, who have gobbled up most of the early headlines with their offensive prowess.

Fox Sports -- Brian Billick -- No. 2 (Last week: No. 4)

"The Chiefs had 10 sacks on Sunday. They now have 31 on the season...four more than they had all of last year!"

Is making the jump to becoming the best pass-rushing team in the NFL the key component for Kansas City's resurgence?

NFL.com -- Elliot Harrison -- No. 2 (Last week: No. 3)

"Kansas City has now tripled -- tripled!! -- its win total from last year. Heck of a performance from the defense, which survived Terrelle Pryor playing like Randall Cunningham circa 1990 in the first half to completely shut down the Silver and Black late. In the second half, the Chiefs held the Raiders to 113 net yards of offense while forcing three turnovers."

If Pryor is going to be compared to a 1990s version of Cunningham, this Chiefs defense has to be spoken of in the same breath as some of the best we've seen over the past couple of decades too -- namely the 2000 Baltimore Ravens and 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

ESPN.com -- No. 2 (Last week: No. 3)

"Is it Week 11 yet? Kansas City's elite defense kept rolling Sunday, but the Chiefs face Houston, Cleveland, Buffalo and the bye week before finally meeting Peyton's Broncos."

Still citing a porous schedule as one of the main reasons for the Chiefs' success, it is becoming clear that everyone around the league is looking forward to Kansas City's defense facing Denver's offense in about a month.

With the Houston Texans on their way to Arrowhead Stadium this weekend, the Chiefs will look to make it 7-0 and take another step toward a potential battle of the unbeatens with the Denver Broncos in Week 11.

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