Are the Chiefs the best team in the NFL?

October 23, 2013

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They have the best record. However, they’ve beaten the Jaguars, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, TItans, Raiders and Texans, none of whom appear on this list.

The Colts, on the other hand, have played the 49ers, Seahawks, Chargers and Broncos. The eye test might tell you the Broncos or Seahawks are the best teams in football.

Of course it’s too early to know who’ll win the Super Bowl, but with it being Week 8 and the season almost half over, there’s enough data to form an opinion.

Who’s the best team in football? How far can the Chiefs ultimately go?

Here’s Mark Maske’s top 10:

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1. Chiefs (7-0): It’s been a stunning turnaround under new coach Andy Reid and now the Chiefs stand alone as the league’s only unbeaten team. They should remain undefeated headed into their bye week, with a game at home against the Browns this weekend and then a trip to Buffalo before their break. It gets tougher after that, with two meetings with the Broncos in a three-game span after the bye.

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2. Colts (5-2): They beat Peyton Manning in his return to Indianapolis on Sunday night. That made Colts owner Jim Irsay the night’s big winner. Irsay’s team now has triumphs this season over the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos. The loss of wide receiver Reggie Wayne hurts, but the Colts have a bye week to regroup and their post-bye schedule is significantly less demanding. Seven of their remaining nine games are against teams that currently have losing records.

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3. Seahawks (6-1): They began their two-game road trip well by winning Thursday night at Arizona. Now they have an extended preparation time for Monday night’s game at St. Louis and they get to face a Rams team that will be missing injured quarterback Sam Bradford.

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4. 49ers (5-2): They’ve won four straight games since their consecutive losses to the Seahawks and Colts, and now they get to face the winless Jaguars before their bye week.

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5. Broncos (6-1): Their shortcomings on defense and in pass protection Sunday night in Indianapolis are worrisome. Their aura of invincibility has been pierced, and they need to give Peyton Manning some more help if they want to re-establish themselves as the league’s top team.

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6. Saints (5-1): They return from their bye to host the Bills on Sunday, beginning a stretch of three home games in four weeks. Tight end Jimmy Graham is still uncertain to face the Bills in Week 8.

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7. Bengals (5-2): They’re on a three-game winning streak and they have notable victories this season over the Packers, Patriots and Lions. They have a two-game lead in the AFC North, with the Ravens and Browns on two-game losing skids.

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8. Packers (4-2): The injuries continue to accumulate for Aaron Rodgers’s pass-catching corps, but the Packers roll on, with three straight wins. Tight end Jermichael Finley might not play again for a while, but he is out of the hospital.

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9. Patriots (5-2): Rob Gronkowski’s return was productive but wasn’t a cure-all. It might have been a little-known field goal rule that spelled the difference Sunday in the Meadowlands but, in truth, the Patriots have themselves to blame for allowing the Jets to take them to overtime.

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10. Chargers (4-3): There perhaps aren’t 10 good teams in the NFL at the moment. The Chargers come the closest of the rest to being top-10 worthy, with a resume that includes victories over the Colts and Cowboys.

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins return to practice Wednesday afternoon.

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