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Nov 14, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates the victory against the Las Vegas Raiders with fans at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton is back scoring touchdowns for the Carolina Panthers, and the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills rebounded from head-scratching Week 9 defeats to reestablish themselves among the NFL’s elite with big blowout wins. Also, Aaron Rodgers returned in a Green Bay Packers victory spurred by a defense that is stifling the league's best quarterbacks.

Sunday’s big revival around the NFL also included the return of the Kansas City Chiefs to the top of the AFC West standings, a development that shouldn’t come as a surprise despite their early season struggles. As my colleague Maggie Hendricks wrote last week, the Chiefs are still the team to beat in their division because of the mediocre competition and head coach Andy Reid’s ability to make the necessary adjustments. A 41-14 domination of the Las Vegas Raiders helped restore confidence in Reid’s Chiefs, who now hold a half-game lead over the Los Angeles Chargers and Raiders.

But if we’ve learned anything about this crazy season, it’s to expect the unexpected. Any-given-Sunday parity is flourishing. Ten weeks into the season, 19 of the 32 teams are .500 or better. For the third straight week, the No. 1 team in our Power Rankings lost, with the Arizona Cardinals falling 34-10 to Newton’s Panthers at home.

So who is the top team in the NFL right now? It’s very much an open question, one that won’t be answered anytime soon. The Tennessee Titans, winners of six straight, are the hottest team, but could they really be considered No. 1 without injured MVP candidate Derrick Henry? Looking at the big picture, oddsmakers have the Bills and the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Super Bowl co-favorites, with the Los Angeles Rams and Cardinals just behind them.

It’s best to assess the ever-changing hierarchy one week at a time. The pandemic keeps having an impact on rosters, and the jockeying for playoff spots hasn’t even started. Just be sure to keep an eye on the New England Patriots, who, despite relying on rookies at quarterback and running back, crushed the Cleveland Browns 45-7 for their fourth straight win and look more dangerous by the week.

Best offensive performance

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs. The left-handed pass on the first drive should’ve tipped us off that he was ready to put on a show in prime time. Yes, the Raiders defense offered little resistance, but give Mahomes and the Chiefs credit for executing a game plan that exploited favorable matchups, which pretty much were anywhere Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce lined up. Mahomes looked every bit the maestro in orchestrating the 27-point victory, directing the Chiefs to points on seven of their first nine possessions, including four consecutive second-half drives to put the game away. He completed 35 of 50 attempts for a season-high 406 yards and five touchdowns after managing just two TD passes total in the last three games. Welcome back, Patrick.

Best defensive performance

Washington Football Team. The Dan Quinn Revenge Game in the Cowboys’ 43-3 victory against the Falcons was a wonderful storyline, but the best defensive effort was turned in by Ron Rivera’s WFT, which ended a four-game losing streak with the day’s biggest upset in a 29-19 win over the defending champion Buccaneers. Even after losing Chase Young to a knee injury, the Football Team limited the NFL’s No. 2-ranked offense to a season-low 273 yards, creating problems early for Tom Brady with two first-quarter interceptions. Kamren Curl led Washington with seven tackles and made the big hit that led to the first Brady INT by William Jackson. Rivera praised his troops in a jubilant WFT locker room, saying: “You just measured yourself to Goliath. You just measured yourself and you found out who you are and what you’re capable of.”

Best special teams performance

AJ Cole, Raiders. Both the Colts and Cowboys returned blocked punts for touchdowns, but the special-teams play of the day came from a tackle made by a punter. That’s right, a punter. Chiefs returner Mike Hughes broke free down the left sideline on a first-quarter punt, taking it 37 yards. Then he ran into Cole, who put his helmet on the ball to force a fumble that was recovered by Foster Moreau and led to a Raiders touchdown and a very deserving flex by Cole.

Later in the game, Kansas City’s Tommy Townsend joined the impromptu punter skills competition by showing off his arm on a successful fake punt for a first down.

Best statistic

The Packers made history in their 17-0 win against the Seahawks, dealing Russell Wilson his first-ever shutout loss in his return from a finger injury.

Best plays

Jonathan Taylor keeps churning his legs on this tough 4-yard touchdown run.

Jamal Agnew reached the fourth-fastest speed in the NFL this season on a 66-yard TD run.

Kendrick Bourne goes up high to grab this dart from Mac Jones for the 23-yard touchdown.

Godwin Igwebuike, a former safety, makes Steelers defenders miss, breaks ankles and then runs through tackles on a 42-yard touchdown — the Lions’ longest TD run since Barry Sanders’ 51-yarder in 1997.

Hunter Henry makes the over-the-shoulder catch on another Mac Jones dime against the Browns.

Trevon Diggs leaps to secure his NFL-leading eighth interception.

DeVonta Smith beats the excellent coverage of Patrick Surtain II in a matchup of 2021 first-round picks from Alabama.

Darius Slay scoops up the loose ball and returns it 82 yards for the touchdown.

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