The resurgent Chiefs are 3-0 for just the eighth time in the 53-year history of the franchise, and they went to the playoffs six of the previous seven times they peeled out this fast.
By VAHE GREGORIAN
The Kansas City Star
If they beat the meandering 0-3 New York Giants on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, theyll be 4-0 for just the third time.
But the two 4-0 starts in Chiefs history are a useful reminder that this early season is all very nice and encouraging and exciting, especially after the misery of going 2-14 last season, but that what it actually means in the great scheme of things wont be known for months yet.
One of those 4-0 teams, the 2003 Chiefs, actually started 9-0 on its way to going 13-3 and losing to the Colts in the playoffs.
But the 1996 Chiefs frittered away their 4-0 opening burst and won only five of their next 12 to finish 9-7 and out of the playoffs.
That history lesson apparently isnt necessary for these Chiefs, who for starters make no assumptions even about the Giants.
Coach Andy Reid, who knows the Giants well from 14 years of playing them twice a season when he was with the Eagles, recalled them struggling (0-2 in 2007) and going on to win the Super Bowl.
Were going to face an angry Giants team, No. 2 quarterback Chase Daniel said, and theyre going to want to win the game.
But its whats seared in this teams immediate memory that suggests there is little chance of complacency or over-confidence creeping into their efforts.
They may win a bunch more and they may not, but any failings wont be because they suddenly are making assumptions.
Not that Im glad that weve lost in the past, linebacker Derrick Johnson said, but we dont take for granted winning.
In short, its easy to stay humble when youve had much to be humble about.
Cornerback Dunta Robinson was with Atlanta last season, but he is cognizant of what the past here was like.
Going 2-14 is still in this teams mouth, he said. And its something they dont want to experience again, so it makes you play even harder.
Not that they dont appreciate being 3-0.
If it was a three-game season, wed be feeling great right now, Robinson said, smiling. But its a 16-game season, so even wins you have to put behind you
Theres 13 games to go, and you can easily go 3-13. We want to win every game we play, but we dont bask in it. We put it behind us, and we move on.
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