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All this, and it didn’t take a top-five draft pick, a full-scale overhaul or a handful of players having to learn new positions. Sometimes, Weis said, the less-complicated thing just works.

“That’s the one position, more than any other,” he said, “that’s really the true model of a team. Because there’s five guys that all have to play together and communicate together, and they’ve taken a lot of pride — our whole team has taken a lot of pride — but those guys have really set the table.”

Yesterday, I listened to the media herd continue to harp on these fourth down calls at the weekly press conference. You hear terms like gambling thrown out, because the current media apparently still believes that field goals are automatic, and taking 40 cents on the dollar is not gambling.

Chiefs at Raiders. Sorry, boys and girls. Kansas City’s luck runs out on the road. Maybe it’ll be a good thing for the Chiefs to get a gut check. Oakland is a hot team, and Kansas City hasn’t looked elite in any of its past four contests. Winner: Raiders, dropping the Chiefs to 5-3.

Theismann likes Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, both with 5-2 records. Haley has a team with six wins the last two seasons in first in the AFC West.

“Todd Haley took a group of guys nobody thought much of and got them to play together as a team,” Theismann said. “Four weeks ago, we thought the Giants were a house of cards. Now they’re the best team in the NFC.”

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