NEW YORK – Despite winning 10 in a row, the Kansas City Chiefs have been just barely getting by in recent games.
The defending champs have won their past seven games by a combined 25 points going into Week 17, when they could rest several key players against the Los Angeles Chargers.
And the Chiefs' lead has also narrowed a bit atop the latest AP Pro32 poll.
The Chiefs received 10 of 12 first-place votes for 381 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.
“The Chiefs' close call with the Falcons might give other teams hope that they are beatable,” said Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “But winning in Kansas City, with or without a full house, is going to be difficult.”
The Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills flipped spots again after routs in prime time. The Packers earned a first-place vote for 368 points and returned to No. 2 in the poll after rolling past the Tennessee Titans 40-14 on Sunday night.
“With a dominant win over Tennessee in the snow, the Packers looked like the best team in the NFC, while Aaron Rodgers strengthened his case to win league MVP,” said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback.
The Titans dropped four places to No. 9 after the loss and face the Houston Texans on Sunday with a chance to clinch the AFC South.