NFL Week 13 Power Rankings: Thanks to defense, Chiefs look elite again


It feels bizarre that here we are, heading into Week 13, and the big narrative around the Chiefs is that their defense has not only turned their season around, but has made them start to look like one of the AFC's elite teams. Here's what the internet's saying about the Chiefs coming out of their bye week: #6
The Chiefs are winning games with their defense by allowing fewer than 12 points per contest over the past four. Earlier this season, it looked as if it would be years before the Chiefs would be competitive on defense; but if this keeps up, every game they play the rest of the way is winnable. It is troublesome that the offense has one game in the past five with more than 20 points; one bad day for the defense could blow up all the Chiefs' plans if that continues.

Yahoo! Sports: #6
The Chiefs are back to sole possession of first place in the AFC West. We probably should have seen that coming, even when they were slumping.

CBS Sports: #5
They come off their bye as the team in the AFC that nobody wants to play. The defense is getting things turned around. They have a big division game with Denver this week.

Sports Illustrated: #7
Steve Spagnuolo’s defense allowed 17, 7, 14 and 9 points in a 4–0 November. If the offense becomes its scary self again, look out.

Bleacher Report: #2
Fast-forward one month, and the Chiefs hit the bye riding a four-game winning streak that includes victories over the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. The offense has cleaned up the turnovers and righted the ship. The defense is playing exponentially better than it was a month ago. #4
Led by Chris Jones, the Chiefs piled up five sacks in their Week 11 win over Cowboys. It was a nice change of pace for the Kansas City defense, which entered the day with just 14 sacks in its first 10 games. Jones is the unquestioned star of the unit, but Steve Spagnuolo now has a collection of seasoned pass rushers to do his bidding. In Jones, Jarran Reed, Melvin Ingram and Frank Clark, the Chiefs now deploy four players in their front seven who have registered a 10-sack season in their respective careers. If they can continue to cook up pressure on the quarterback, good things will continue to happen.

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