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Thanks to a good showing with the crunchers, the Chiefs remain in second place overall behind the Los Angeles Rams.Let’s start with how the White Cameron Erving Jersey number-crunchers see the NFL in Week 7:Cruncher Power Rankings for Week 7Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsWhile remaining in the second spot of the Cruncher rankings, the Chiefs made good inroads, and are behind the Rams by only a whisker.Elo still has the Chiefs first, with the Patriots right behind them.The Rams fell to third.That’s what happens with Elo — the Patriots moved up by beating a team Elo favored to win, while the Rams lost ground by narrowly defeating the Denver Broncos, a team Elo doesn’t like very much. In DVOA, the Chiefs moved up two spots — with the Chiefs now in the top spot — while the Rams dropped one position.Note that even after a loss, the Chiefs could move up; DVOA doesn’t care which team actually wins a game, but only about how the teams play in different situations.Finally, a loss by only three points kept the Chiefs steady in both PE and SRS.With all that, the Rams held on to the top spot by only 0.25 ranking points.The Dallas Cowboys had the biggest gain with the crunchers, moving up seven positions after their 40-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.SRS — and especially PE — liked that big point margin a lot, but Elo and DVOA were less impressed.The Atlanta Falcons posted the next-best average gain, moving up six spots.The Tennessee Titans and the Jaguars had the biggest average drops.Now let’s look at the Week 7 True Power Rankings — the average of the Pundit Power Rankings from Tuesday and this week’s Cruncher Power Rankings.True Power Rankings for Week 7Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsAs you can see, the Chiefs are still ranked second in the Week 7 True Power Rankings — still tops in the AFC, and further ahead of the Los Angeles Chargers than the pundits think by themselves.Even after beating the Chiefs, the Patriots dropped a spot in the final rankings.The Baltimore Ravens moved up a couple of spots — the crunchers still love them, and the pundits continue to slowly catch on.The Cowboys jumped furthest ahead, picking up seven positions in the final rankings.The Jaguars took a hard fall.The pundits and the crunchers still strongly disagree about the Minnesota Vikings. The crunchers have the Vikings in the middle of the pack at 17th, but the pundits have them at sixth.The New York Jets remain in this conversation, too.The pundits moved the Jets up three spots, and the crunchers dropped them two places.Ready for your reality-check? Let’s take a look at the cruncher grades:Cruncher Grades for Week 7Chiefs AFC West Teams Other AFC TeamsAccording to the crunchers White Sammy Watkins Jersey , the Chiefs slipped slightly — but not significantly — and remain in the conversation about the NFL’s best teams.We also see that despite their 3-2 record, the Chicago Bears might be a better team than they are being credited.So it’s on to the Week 7 games, and we’ll see what happens.On Tuesday, we’ll start figuring it all out again. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Arizona Cardinals 26-14 on Sunday, so Monday was the day for head coach Andy Reid’s day-after-the-game press briefing.Here are the key takeaways from his close encounter of the press kind:Reid said that both the Chiefs — and this Monday’s opponent, the Los Angeles Rams — are looking forward to playing in Mexico City.Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty ImagesReid got a big laugh from the press when a reporter with a pronounced Spanish accent asked him about playing in Mexico.“You’re not from Olathe,” Reid deadpanned.“Listen, we’re looking forward to it,” he continued. “Great people there. The fanbase is phenomenal. I think if you asked both teams the same question, [they’d say] we’re fired up to have an opportunity to play there. [That’s] based around the people and the support that the people give us in the National Football League.”Reid was asked if the Chiefs had considered practicing in a high-altitude environment,as the Rams are doing this week.“We looked into all that,” Reid said. “We had plenty of time to look at that. After studying it, we just felt it was best to stay here. We’ll just go down there and play.”Reid was also asked if he is concerned about the field conditions at Estadio Azteca, where the game will be played.Recent news reports have suggested that the field may not be in good condition, but Reid expressed confidence that the NFL is on top of the situation.Reid said that while the Chiefs offensive line gave up five sacks to the Cardinals on Sunday, it was a good learning experience for the makeshift offensive line.Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports“That group hasn’t played a bunch together,” he said. “So they did a couple of things in there that’ll help us down the road here, and we can learn from. It wasn’t just a physical thing — in a couple of cases, it was — but it wasn’t just a physical thing. We seemed to kind of adjust to it in the second half and do a little bit better job. We’ve got to do better, obviously. And that’s what we’re always striving to do. I appreciate their effort, and their ability to make some changes and communicate — to work it out.”That led to a question about the Rams defensive front.“They’ve got a healthy load of good football players, and they’re well-coached,” Reid said. “We’re going to go back through — like we do each week — and stick to the process. It’ll be a day later than what we normally are for a Sunday game White Harrison Butker Jersey , but we’ll jump right back into making sure we get ourselves right — study them, and make sure we have that part down.”One of the other matchups people will be watching on Monday is the one between Tyreek Hill and former Chief Marcus Peters.“Marcus is a good player,” said Reid. “He was a Pro Bowl player when he was here. There’s a mutual respect there between the two because they’ve played against each other so much. I don’t know if there’s an advantage one way or the other. It’ll be fun to watch.”Reid spoke about how Dee Ford has been playing since his return from the injury he suffered in 2017, and how it was nice to have Justin Houston back on the field on Sunday.Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports“You can see that he’s healthy and playing good football,” said Reid. “Having Justin [on the] opposite [side] just felt right for him. And then Breeland [Speaks] being able to come in and Tanoh [Kpassagnon] being able to come in — that’s a pretty good rotation. To watch Breeland grow over this last little bit when Justin was out — that’s a neat thing. Dee’s healthy, and feels good about the things that he’s doing. He’s doing a good job setting the edge, too, which kind of gets overlooked with his pass rush. He’s playing good football right now.”Reid also spoke about another player returning from an injury last season: Spencer Ware, who scored a touchdown on Sunday.“There was a question whether he’d be able to come back from that injury,” said Reid. “Pretty tough one to come back from. But you know the kid, and you go, ‘Well, if anybody can do it, he can do this.’ He bore down and got after it. Rick [Burkholder] and the trainers worked with him. He was here every day — doing his thing and being diligent like that — so when he goes out and plays, and you’re like, ‘Whoa!’ And he’ll score a touchdown”Other notes from Monday’s press appearanceReid said that there were no injuries to report after Sunday’s game. He was hopeful that the extra day off would help hobbled players get healed in time for Monday’s game, and said that Sammy Watkins and Anthony Hitchens might be ready to go by then.Watkins was inactive on Sunday with a foot injury, but Hitchens dressed for the game.Reid said that Hitchens had been active on Sunday only in case he was needed.Reid was asked if, at this point of the season, he’d consider Patrick Mahomes to be the league MVP.Reid demurred, saying he wasn’t very good at “all that stuff.” Reid said he understood why reporters had to ask him the question, but he was going to be “a little water around the boulder” about it.