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“We have enough guys that have been in enough situations to know how important it is to finish strong, to finish the regular season playing your best football,” Haley said.

“We’ve got work to do. Every day counts, every game counts.”

He is the symbol here, the microcosm of something much bigger. Todd Haley likes to say the biggest obstacle to success is success, and now that the Chiefs have won the AFC West at least a year ahead of schedule, coaches and decision makers live in fear of losing the humble and hungry attitude they think got them this far.

Sirianni doesn’t have much coaching experience. He worked for five seasons in small college before joining the Chiefs last year. But Sirianni works with the quarterbacks on a daily basis and there are those in the organization who believe it is Sirianni and not necessarily Weis who deserves much of the credit for Matt Cassel’s rapid development.

Underachievers such as wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey blossomed. Quarterback Matt Cassel improved markedly. Young players with promise such as offensive tackle Branden Albert, cornerback Brandon Flowers, linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali continued to ascend.

The team has plenty to play for, perhaps even Tom Cable’s job. Finishing the season 6-0 would go a long way to putting a feather in the cap of their best season in year.

For the first time since 2002 the Raiders have an opportunity to finish the year with better than a losing record.

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