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 National pundits took note when the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road for the first time since 1986 Youth Chris Jones Jersey , moving the Chiefs up to the third spot in our aggregated power rankings, and dropping the Steelers out of the top 10.Pundit Power Rankings for Week 3Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsHere's what the pundits had to say about the Chiefs this week:ESPN (3rd from 6th) (Elliot Harrison - 4th from 11th)SBNation (Rebecca Toback - 3rd from 7th)Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer - 3rd from 8th)Yahoo! Sports (Frank Schwab - 4th from 7th)CBS Sports (Pete Prisco - 3rd from 8th)Among the pundits,’s Elliott Harrison gave the Chiefs the biggest boost, bringing them up seven spots from last week.But all of them put the Chiefs at third or fourth in their rankings.The pundits are starting to think the Cincinnati Bengals could be for real.The two polls moved them up at least 10 spots, and their overall position improved by nine.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got some more love, too, showing an overall improvement of nine, with four of the six rankings moving them up double digits.The scribes agree the Texans are headed down, but disagree a lot on how much.They fell 11 spots overall — the biggest drop of the week — ranging from down two spots to down eleven.Now the Chiefs come back to Arrowhead for the home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.We’ll see what the pundits all have to say next Tuesday.Don’t forget!Wednesday on Arrowhead Pride, we’ll start combining what the pundits say with what the number-crunchers say — to give you True Power Rankings! Patrick Mahomes is taking a democratic approach to his new job. Get open and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback will get you the ball.The proof came on Sunday in Pittsburgh in a record-setting 42-37 victory over the Steelers. The first-year starter threw six touchdowns to five different players over four quarters of brilliance that did little to derail the rapidly accelerating hype train around Mahomes White Cameron Erving Jersey , who turns 23 on Monday."I think this is even better than we envisioned," said wide receiver Chris Conley, whose 15-yard touchdown reception less than two minutes in helped kickstart Kansas City's first win in Pittsburgh in 32 years. "Guys were getting involved all over the field. We were able to spread it out."And Mahomes was able to spread it around on a day he had more touchdown passes (six) than incompletions (five) while finishing 23 of 28 for 326 yards. He tied Hall of Famer Len Dawson's 54-year-old franchise record for most scoring passes in a game and his 10 touchdowns over the first two weeks are the most through two games in NFL history.Oh, and it was his third career start."I see Pat doing this all season long," said tight end Travis Kelce, who hauled in two touchdowns of his own.Mahomes is quick to downplay his impact. The way he figures it, he's just trying to make sure coach Andy Reid's game-planning doesn't go to waste."There (are) always plays that coach Reid just draws up every single week," Mahomes said. "I always say that they always work. He just gets on the board in his room and just starts drawing plays. The possibilities are endless."So apparently, are the options. Seven Chiefs caught at least one pass. Two — running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson — turned their only targets of the day into scores."He's not going out there and playing favorites," Conley said. "He's looking and reading the field. He has the arm to get it anywhere."And the Chiefs (2-0) may have stamped themselves as one of the early favorites in the AFC after opening the season with victories over the Chargers and Steelers (0-1-1) on the road."I feel like we all expected this White Sammy Watkins Jersey ," defensive tackle Chris Jones said.Not so much in Pittsburgh.The two-time defending AFC North champions are winless through two weeks. In the opener the blame fell on an offense that turned it over six times in an ugly tie with the Browns. Back home at Heinz Field, the defense looked lost or overmatched, and occasionally both."Every category for the defense, we were below average," Pittsburgh safety Sean Davis said. "You can't beat a good team like that. We missed tackles. We gave up plays. Too many penalties, You can't beat a good team like that."Some other takeaways from Kansas City's first victory in Pittsburgh in 32 years.MY DEAR WATKINSAfter a quiet season opener in his debut in Kansas City, wide receiver Sammy Watkins showcased why the Chiefs lavished him with a three-year, $48 million contract in the offseason. Watkins caught six passes for 100 yards — just his third game of at least 100 yards since the start of the 2016 season — and added a 31-yard gain on a jet sweep that set up a score."Sammy has gone through a few things through his career and he comes here as one of the big names, you saw what he is," Reid said. "You get that ball in his hand and he's an explosive runner. It's like you have a running back when he has that ball White Harrison Butker Jersey , big, strong, and physical."A KICK IN THE HEADSteelers kicker Chris Boswell was a Pro Bowler a year ago, a season in which he won three games on last-second kicks. Pittsburgh signed him to a new five-year contract during training camp but Boswell is struggling. He missed a 42-yard field goal in overtime in Cleveland, saw a 49-yard attempt in the first quarter on Sunday sail wide left and later watched an extra-point attempt go wide right."Been doing the same thing so it is nothing routine wise," Boswell said. "There is no blaming anyone else. I just got to figure it out."BEN'S OKSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger skipped two days of practice in the run-up to the game to deal with an minor elbow injury. The 36-year-old responded by throwing for 452 yards and three touchdowns and diving across the goal line for a 3-yard score with 1:59 left. Still it wasn't enough to prevent Pittsburgh from getting off to its worst start since 2013, which was also the last time the Steelers missed the playoffs."I've been doing this a long time," Roethlisberger said. "I'll try to do my best as a leader to let guys know that we'll put this behind us and get ready for next week."UP NEXTKansas City: hosts San Francisco (1-1) in its home opener.Pittsburgh: visits surprising Tamps Bay (2-0) on Monday night.

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