Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Chiefs Tumble to No. 11 in AP Pro32 Rankings

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Chiefs Tumble to No. 11 in AP Pro32 Rankings

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Not long ago the Kansas City Chiefs were 5-0 and considered the NFL's best team.

Now they aren't even among the top 10, according to a 12-person panel of reporters who regularly cover the league. That's what four losses in five games -- a stretch capped by Sunday's 12-9 overtime setback to the lowly New York Giants (2-8) -- will do to sully a team's reputation.

The Chiefs (6-4) on Tuesday were ranked No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Pro32 Power Rankings, a drop of four spots from the previous week.

While the Chiefs continue to head south in the poll, things are looking up for several NFC teams. The NFC has seven of the top 10 squads, topped by the Philadelphia Eagles (9-1), Minnesota Vikings (8-2) and New Orleans Saints (8-2).

The Eagles maintained their top spot with a convincing 37-9 victory at Dallas on Sunday night. The Eagles and Saints have won eight in a row, while the Vikings have won six straight.

"Carson Wentz looks like a modern-day Roger Staubach in crushing the Cowboys, and the Eagles continue to establish themselves as the class of the NFC and a team that could very well finish its season with the first Super Bowl title in franchise history," Newsday's Bob Glauber said.

Philadelphia received 11 of 12 first-place votes for 383 points.

The AFC East's New England Patriots (8-2), who have won six in a row, received the other first-place vote and remained No. 2.

"After a 2-2 start, the Patriots are atop the AFC by Thanksgiving, same as always," said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won five in a row, stayed at No. 3.

Minnesota, coming off its impressive 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams, moved up two spots to No. 4. The Vikings will open Week 12 when they head to Detroit to face the Lions on Thanksgiving.

The Saints inched up to No. 5 after rallying for an overtime win against the Washington Redskins.

"Drew Brees is throwing less and enjoying it more -- that's a distressing equation for the rest of the NFC," said Ira Kaufman of SB Nation Radio.

New Orleans will travel to LA to face the Rams, who slid one place to No. 6 in the poll, in a matchup of first-place NFC teams.

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, coming off a bye, gained a spot to No. …

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