With the Kansas City Chiefs securing a 23-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals' division lead grew by a half game without having played a snap; the Bengals have a bye week this weekend. Cleveland also suffered their fifth loss of the season, a familiar feeling of irrelevance and disappointment occured during a laughable 24-6 loss in St. Louis.
Kansas City, maintaining a 16-13 lead with more than five minutes remaining, took a 23-13 lead on a Chris Conley touchdown reception. Pittsburgh reached Kansas City's 39-yard line on their ensuing possession, but then disaster struck. Tamba Hali forced a strip-sack of Landry Jones, the team's third-string quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick shelved with injuries. A Charcandrick West two-yard run on third and one secured Kansas City's second win of the season (their first since Week 1), snapping a five-game losing streak.
Cincinnati will head to Pittsburgh next Sunday with a 2.5-game lead over the second place Steelers.
However, the current number of undefeated NFL teams remains at five. Denver and Green Bay, also on a bye, are off this weekend. New England, the only undefeated team playing during Sunday's slate of afternoon games, secured a 30-23 win over the New York Jets when Tom Brady found a wide open Rob Gronkowski for an insurance touchdown with a minute remaining in the game; despite scoring a quick field goal and recovering an onside, the clock expired as New York was flagged for a false start.
The Carolina Panthers, also undefeated, host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football tonight.
Prior to Sunday's games, Cincinnati had maintained a two-game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers, a four-game lead over the Cleveland Browns and were one of five teams with an undefeated record heading into Week 7. Little has changed on Sunday and a 2.5-game lead doesn't equate to a championship trophy, however it sets the stage for possible tiebreakers later, as well as an expanding margin for error.
As for undefeated teams in the NFL, Denver and Green Bay play each other on Sunday Night Football next Sunday while New England hosts Miami this Thursday. If Carolina beats Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football, they will look to extend their undefeated record on Monday Night Football (Nov. 2) against the Indianapolis Colts. Cincinnati is only concerned about Denver and New England, both of whom are currently undefeated and were last year's bye week teams during the 2014 NFL playoffs.