The panic in Kansas City has subsided for now, which tends to happen when the Chiefs play teams as bad as the Washington Football Team. After a passionate halftime conversation (rock bottom will do that), it looks for now like the Chiefs may have figured some things out. At the very least, the internet's a little more bullish on them again. Here's what the Power Rankings are saying:
If the Chiefs can play defense like they did in Sunday's win over Washington instead of how they did in the first five games, the AFC West title is within reach. If they can do that and limit turnovers -- they have a league-high 14 giveaways -- then they will win it. But those are two big ifs. The problem with the Chiefs is not their 3-3 record but the way they've played for much of the first six weeks.
For two quarters on Sunday, the Chiefs looked as lost as ever. The turnover epidemic was only intensifying, with three in the first half -- including perhaps the ugliest single play in Patrick Mahomes' career. They were clearly pressing, but they didn't panic. Kansas City came out of the tunnel and dominated, shutting out Washington on defense, while Mahomes authored the cleanest half of the season, completing 19 of his 24 attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover, ultimately producing a 31-13 win.
CBS Sports: #10
Against Washington, they finally looked closer to the Super Bowl team from the past two years. The defense wasn't a disaster, which is progress.
Sports Illustrated: #3
Sunday in Washington felt like it will ultimately be a microcosm of the Chiefs’ season: A first half in which they repeatedly shot themselves in the butt with sloppy turnovers, then a second half where they cleaned that up and basically did whatever they wanted. The defense is a bit of a question mark—though it does take time to adjust to Steve Spagnuolo’s system.