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NFL Power Rankings Week 9: Kansas City Chiefs Only Unbeaten at Halfway Point

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COMMENTARY | If Sunday's victory over the Cleveland Browns tells us one thing about the Kansas City Chiefs, it is that this team is starting to create an identity for itself at the season's midway point.

On its way to being the lone undefeated team remaining in the NFL, Kansas City has leaned on a strong defense, sound special teams and an efficient offense that prides itself in protecting the football.

While not always going out in style, the Chiefs have learned to win in a lot of different varieties this season -- something that should come in handy when the postseason rolls around. Though some will knock Kansas City for not having had its back against the wall yet this season, something should be said, however, about this team for not being put in that position thus far.

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)

"Come on, you knew they weren't moving up after barely beating the Browns and Jason Campbell."

This is a prime example of the pundits continuing to knock the Chiefs for simply playing the games on their schedule and taking care of business.

CBSSports.com -- Pat Kirwan -- No. 1 (Last week: No. 3)

"The Chiefs keep on winning, but some would say the backup quarterbacks they have faced in the last two weeks (Case Keenum and Jason Campbell) take away from their 8-0 record. A game next week against a Rams* backup QB is a factor. The defense is good no matter who they play."

*Kirwan probably meant the Bills, but his point is still valid. The Chiefs are on quite a run of not having to face their opponents' top quarterback.

Fox Sports -- Brian Billick -- No. 1 (Last week: No. 1)

"There have been 20 teams to start the season 8-0 in the Super Bowl era and all 20 of them made the playoffs. Eight went on to win the Super Bowl."

As Kansas City continues to win, the expectations will only increase.

NFL.com -- Elliot Harrison -- No. 2 (Last week: No. 1)

"Can't leave the Chiefs at No. 1 after they struggled all afternoon -- at Arrowhead, mind you -- to beat a Cleveland team starting Jason Campbell at quarterback and Willis McGahee at tailback. Yes, Kansas City is ahead of Denver in the AFC West standings. But when the Broncos "struggle" at home, they win by three touchdowns."

No one will truly know just how exactly the Chiefs and Broncos stack up against each other until they play in Week 11 in Denver. Until then, let the power rankings carousel carry on.

ESPN.com -- No. 1 (Last week: No. 1)

"Jamaal Charles had 120 of the Chiefs' 331 yards Sunday. Charles has accounted for 38.5 percent of the Chiefs' yards from scrimmage this season, highest of any running back."

That knee contusion sure does loom large for Kansas City's chances to continue its winning ways this season.

It still seems the view on the Chiefs is fairly uneven across the board and will probably stay that way until Week 11's matchup with the Denver Broncos. Kansas City takes a trip to Buffalo on Sunday before their bye in Week 10, so there is still plenty of work to do before that game -- a game that will play a huge part in determining the pecking order in the AFC playoff race.

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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