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Thanks to the Christmas holiday Khalen Saunders Jersey Cheap , we’re combining Week 17’s pundit power rankings (typically published on Tuesdays) with our Wednesday True Power Rankings.It would have been perfectly reasonable to expect that the Chiefs — after losing to the Los Angeles Chargers in primetime a week ago Thursday and following that with a 38-31 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in front of another national audience on Sunday night — would have fallen dramatically in the eyes of the national writers.But if watching Die Hard is one of your Christmas traditions, you’ve already been reminded: It’s Christmas, Theo. It’s the time of miracles.And we seem to have a fully-formed Christmas miracle on our hands: the Chiefs have held steady with the pundits.Pundit Power Rankings for Week 17Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsHere's what the pundits we're tracking said about the Chiefs this week:ESPN (3rd from 3rd)NFL.com (Elliot Harrison - 4th from 3rd)Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer - 4th from 3rd)Yahoo! Sports (Frank Schwab - 4th from 2nd)CBS Sports (Pete Prisco - 3rd from 4th)USA Today (Nate Davis - 5th from 5th)Other power rankings we noticed this week:Bleeding Green Nation (Brandon Lee Gowton — 9th from 3rd) Andy Reid’s team is just 2-3 in their last five games. One of those wins was a narrow overtime victory over Baltimore. Another was just a seven-point difference over Oakland. Missing Kareem Hunt hurts. And the defense is a problem.Mile High Report (Pete Baron — 8th from 5th) Oh, how the once mighty have fallen. I just don’t get it, KC. I thought this was the year you didn’t pull the usual tank job in December and then January. Sure, January has yet to happen, but damn! You do realize that in order to stop getting the history thrown in your face like a drink after using a lame pick up line, you gotta actually do something to change it, right?Washington Post (Mark Maske — 8th from 5th) Nothing was really lost, at least not yet, with the defeat Sunday night in Seattle. The Chiefs still can wrap up the AFC’s top seed with a win Sunday at home over the Raiders. But it doesn’t appear that this team is peaking as the postseason nears. The Chiefs will enter the AFC playoffs appearing vulnerable, even if they win Sunday.NBC Sports Pro Football Talk (Mike Florio — 5th from 3rd) Even with the MVP on the roster, this team seems to be too flawed to get to the Super Bowl.Houston Chronicle (John McClain — 5th from 3rd) Even though the Chiefs lost at Seattle, a victory over Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium will give them home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.It’s not that the pundits are blind to the faults the Chiefs have exposed in recent weeks — based on their comments, they see these clearly — but as we have seen several times this season, they think the faults of other teams (particularly the Chargers and Texans) are worse.After ranking them ahead of the Chiefs for the first time since Week 1, the pundits savaged the Chargers, dropping them to sixth place after their 22-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.I’ll be honest: that wouldn’t have been my take.I watched the Chargers-Ravens game in its entirety, and the Chargers’ 12-point loss was deceptive.With just under three minutes to go, it was clear the Chargers were about to do exactly what the Chiefs had done to the Ravens two weeks ago: hand them a narrow loss in a relatively low-scoring game.But then Antonio Gates fumbled, the Ravens returned it for a touchdown, and suddenly the game was over.Was the Chargers’ loss to the Ravens worse than the Chiefs’ loss to the Seahawks?In my mind, it wasn’t.The Chargers lost their game on a single play Khalen Saunders Jersey Womens , while the Chiefs lost their game on multiple plays.This week, it’s almost as if some kind of bizarre selective recency bias is taking place with the pundits: they’ve already forgotten that the Chargers beat the Chiefs just a week ago, and used the way the two teams played the Ravens to justify ranking the Chiefs above the Chargers.This kind of thinking would seem to violate every argument we’ve ever seen pundits use to justify their rankings.Or... maybe the pundits are simply feeling so guilty about ignoring the Seahawks — and the very fine season Russell Wilson has had in 2018 — that they couldn’t bring themselves to downgrade the Chiefs for their loss.The fact that the Seahawks made the top tier of teams for the first time all season might lend some credence to that theory.Or... maybe the pundits simply saw the amazing throws Patrick Mahomes continues to make and were reminded how they consider quarterback play to be among the most important facets of the game.But as you’ll see, the number-crunchers had no such crises of conscience.Cruncher Power Rankings for Week 17Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsThe Chiefs held steady in all the data-based models except SRS, and remain in second place with the number-crunchers.Hmmm.Well, maybe the pundits had some idea what they were talking about after all.As we see here, the data-based models (except DVOA) gave the Chargers a similar hit for their loss this week.We even see that Elo has now caught up with the rest of the models, and counts the Ravens among the league’s best teams — just as the pundits did.Which brings us — as always — to this week’s True Power Rankings.True Power Rankings for Week 17Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsSince the Chiefs held steady with both the pundits and the crunchers, it’s therefore no surprise that they remain in third place in this week’s combined rankings.There aren’t a lot of big movers in the combined rankings.The biggest difference between the pundits and the crunchers is the Miami Dolphins, a team that is ranked 10 spots higher by the pundits.But this is hardly new.As we see here, when compared to the crunchers, the pundits have been overvaluing the Dolphins since about halfway through the season.The big spike with the pundits (of course) followed the Dolphins’ last-second victory over the New England Patriots in Week 14.It’s hard to blame the pundits for being excited about that, but the following week’s beatdown by the Minnesota Vikings — and this week’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars — brought most of the pundits back to Planet Earth.Interestingly, though, both of the poll-based pundit rankings — ESPN and MMQB — still see the Dolphins are an average team.And now, here’s your weekly reality check.Cruncher Grades for Week 17Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsAs we have seen for a number of weeks now, five or six teams (including the Chiefs) remained grouped at the top, a handful of teams are clustered at the bottom, and there’s a whole-lotta-mediocre going on in between.Put any of these top teams against each other on a neutral field, and it would be very hard to reliably pick a winner.The playoffs promise to be interesting.Snark of the weekDidn’t see a lot of first-quality clever snark from the pundits this week, so we’ll close with a trio of comments about the Denver Broncos — just because we can.Mile High Report’s Pete Baron surely didn’t think we’d let the Broncos off the hook easily after his comments this week about the Chiefs!Nate Davis, USA TodayVinnie Iyer, Sporting NewsMark Maske Khalen Saunders white jersey , Washington PostJust one week to go.Let’s enjoy the Week 17 games, and on Tuesday, we’ll start the New Year with our final round of calculations. The Los Angeles Chargers' Adrian Phillips believes the Tennessee Titans made the right decision to go for a potential go-ahead 2-pointer with 31 seconds remaining 鈥?and not just because it failed.Phillips broke up Marcus Mariota's pass attempt, the Titans' second after a defensive penalty on the first attempt, and the Chargers held on for a 20-19 victory on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Chargers (5-2), who weathered the absence of running back Melvin Gordon to a hamstring injury and relied upon their defense to pull out the win."It was a great decision," Phillips said. "That's the game right there. If I'm the head coach, I go for it, too. You have the momentum. You just (went) 70 yards. You've got one of the biggest running backs in the game, one of the best running quarterbacks in the game and one of the best third-down running backs in the game 鈥?and a receiver corps that had been doing good all game 鈥?so why not?"The Titans (3-4) drove 89 yards over the final 4:55 before Mariota's 1-yard pass to tight end Luke Stocker pulled them within one point.Mariota, who went 24 for 32 for 237 yards with an interception, thought he had scored the touchdown himself.With 40 seconds left, he ran 3 yards on a draw and stretched for the end zone, but replay showed that he was down inches shy of the goal line.After Stocker scored, Mariota's first attempt was a pass intended for Tajae Sharp, an incompletion negated by a defensive holding call on the Chargers' Casey Hayward, and his second, toward Taywan Taylor, was tipped by Phillips."I loved the call," Mariota said. "I love that he has confidence in us to go make that. We just didn't execute."Gordon entered the game third in the NFL in rushing with 466 yards and had scored a total of nine touchdowns this season, but was ruled out after an unsuccessful pregame workout.Austin Ekeler, in his second season, earned his first start in Gordon's place and ran for 42 yards on 12 carries Khalen Saunders Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , but it was quarterback Philip Rivers who shouldered the burden for the Chargers.Rivers, who completed 19 of 26 passes for 306 yards, threw two touchdown passes 鈥?one that went 75 yards to Tyrell Williams on Los Angeles' first play from scrimmage, and one that traveled 55 yards to Mike Williams to cap the first drive of the second half.The Titans trailed 10-6 at halftime after two field goals by Ryan Succop.After Mike Williams scored, the Titans ended their 10-quarter skid without a touchdown when Derrick Henry ran 1 yard into the end zone with 9:43 left in the third quarter to pull within 17-13.Michael Badgley made his second of two field goals, Succop missed from 51 yards and after holding Los Angeles, the Titans prepared their final charge.Dion Lewis ran for 91 yards on 13 carries, including a 36-yard gain on the final drive that moved Tennessee into the Chargers' territory, and Tajae Sharpe had seven catches for a career-high 101 yards.TEMPERS FLARERivers and wide receiver Keenan Allen were shouting at each other and had to be held apart after an incompletion to Mike Williams in the end zone on third-and-7 early in the fourth quarter.Allen, who had beaten Titans cornerback Logan Ryan on the play and was wide open, kicked a pylon in frustration before targeting Rivers."He ran a route so good that he felt like he needed the ball 鈥?and he should," Rivers said. "That's fine. At the same time, the coverage was going his way, so I went somewhere else. It's a passionate, emotional game. That won't be the last argument that any of us have on the sideline and I won't worry about it after 2 seconds."A BAD DECISIONInside linebacker Denzel Perryman handed Mariota the first red zone interception of his career at the Chargers 4-yard line with 30 seconds left in the first half."That was a big mistake," Mariota said. "I should have moved onto my second read and maybe we would have had a shot."NATIONAL ANTHEMLos Angeles left tackle Russell Okung had his right fist raised during the anthem, but put it down before the start of "God Save The Queen."INJURIESTennessee: Right guard Josh Kline was injured with 43 seconds remaining, was replaced by Corey Levin and did not return.Los Angeles: Philips injured an ankle late in the second quarter, Hayward required attention after a hit on Mariota before halftime and Mike Williams also needed a moment after a hard fall in the fourth quarter, but all returned.UP NEXTTennessee: Hit the road for a Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 5.Los Angeles: Travel to face the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 4.

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