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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers is sacked during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers is sacked during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Good Morning! Start reading now, because you have a lot of Kansas City Chiefs news to get through. We're still seeing a lot of "Rivers lost it" stories. I'm waiting for people to notice that the Chiefs have back to back AFC Defensive Players of the Week and have allowed only 1 touchdown in the last 10 quarters. I'll probably have to wait awhile.

"We really already started with it (Monday night after the game)," Haley said Tuesday. "I told them I wish they had the normal 24 hours to enjoy it because we really don't. We're on a short week. We're already behind. They understood. That's the first step. Once they get in here, they'll get the message full force.

"This is life in the NFL. You play big game after big game, especially after you limited your margin of error to nothing. You've got to go forward and play your best football each week."

Facing Trap Game, Haley Urges Chiefs To Stay Focused from KC Star

The atmosphere for last year's Monday Night Football win over San Diego was incredible and the players wanted to find a way to show immediate gratitude should the Chiefs win this year's re-match in front of another electric crowd.

In an effort spearheaded by Flowers, Scream masks were stashed away on the sideline for use as post-game Halloween costumes.

When Ryan Succop's 30-yard field goal split the uprights, and Kansas City's improbable run from 0-3 to the top of the division was official, out came the bag of masks.

Behind The Masks from The Mothership Video: Inside The Locker Room: Postgame San Diego Video: Chiefs Catching Fire

All the Dolphins have left to play for is pride and to avoid the ignominy of being the first franchise in NFL history to go unbeaten (17-0, including playoffs and the Super Bowl in 1972) and winless.

That's what makes Sunday's game between the Dolphins and Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium so interesting. Aside from maintaining the momentum from their four-game winning streak and keeping at least a share of the lead in the AFC West, the Chiefs don't want to be the first team to lose to Miami.

Chiefs Hope Miami Dolphins Remain Winless After Visit To KC from KC Star

Chalk up another victory for the Sea of Red.

The tone was set when Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill drew a false start on the first play of the game. He'd go on to commit four false starts on his own.

San Diego practiced silent snap counts throughout the week, but it was clear the Chargers had difficulty operating under the intense crowd noise.

MNF: San Diego Take Five Rewind from The Mothership

The Chiefs have now suddenly jumped back into the division race with back to back wins over the California contingent of the AFC West, and with the offense beginning to come to life having found themselves a new running back, and their defense starting to come together this could be a three horse race down the stretch. Let's take a look at some interesting performances in the game that blew the AFC West wide open.

Re-Focused: Chargers @ Chiefs, Week 8 from ProFootballFocus

The National Football League informed the Chiefs on Tuesday that LB Derrick Johnson has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 23-20 overtime win vs. San Diego (10/31). He joins CB Brandon Flowers as the second Chiefs player to win the honor in as many weeks. It is the fourth Player of the Week honor of Johnson's career.

LB Derrick Johnson Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week from The Mothership

In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the blocking performances of the recent Broncos, as well as some additional data. For example: Did you know that Leonard Pope had one of his better run blocking games over the past 3 weeks, against the Chargers?

Let's take a look at the those blocking grades...

Chiefs vs Chargers Week #8: Breaking Down The TEs and Backs Film from Pro Football Spotlight

None of this is to take away from Kansas City because, my goodness, they're tied for first place in the AFC West all of a sudden. This is unbelievable, given that they looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL three weeks into the season. And they're getting ready to welcome the 0-fer Dolphins to Arrowhead, while the Raiders match up against the Broncos and the Chargers welcome ... the Packers.

Yes, it's entirely possible that Kansas City will be in first place all alone come this time next week. That's a credit to them for fighting back from a slew of big-time injuries.

Chargers Lose To The Chargers, Again from CBS Sports

A couple of wins over division doormats. A shutout of a Raiders team playing without its starting quarterback. An inexplicable fumble that eventually led to an overtime victory.

The Kansas City Chiefs realize everything has been going their way during a four-game winning streak, one that has taken them from NFL laughingstock to a tie atop the AFC West.

Breaks Going Chiefs' Way During 4-Game Win Streak from The San Francisco Chronicle

This has been their life for five weeks now. Backs to the wall. Reach deep. Find a way out.

A team that carried an 0-3 record into October - not merely beaten but also embarrassed by 34- and 45-point blowouts in its first two games - has climbed out of that hole and into the playoff race. Monday's win was the Chiefs' fourth in succession, and pulled the Chiefs into a three-way tie atop the West with San Diego and Oakland.

Perseverance Pays Off For Slow-Starting Chiefs from USA Today

When the Chiefs won the game last night-or, rather, when the Chargers' Philip Rivers managed to lose it-there was an eruption of excitement at Horseshoe, our bar. One man, a fellow Kansas Citian whose name I did not know, came up and wrapped me in a bear hug. I'm certain that celebrations in Kansas City were equally delirious, and certainly larger. But there was something nice about packing into the corner of a bar, surrounded by onlookers all wondering what the commotion was about. A victory to call our own.

Displaced Fandom from The New Yorker

Biggest area to build on: Quarterback Matt Cassel has a great thing going with receivers Dwayne BoweSteve Breaston and rookie Jonathan Baldwin. The three combined for 12 catches and 186 yards Monday night. Bowe and Breaston have been playing well and Baldwin showed great potential in just his second NFL game. Cassel has a lot of options.

Kansas City Chiefs: Moving On from ESPN

Did you know that the Miami Dolphins rank 3rd in the NFL in the number of attempts they have thrown the ball to the deep right side of the field?

Every team in the NFL has strengths and weaknesses, tendencies, and go-to guys. They have plays they like to call during tight situations or directions they like to run when in the middle of the football field.

Let's take a look at the rest of those tendencies...

Chiefs vs Dolphins Preview Week 9: Analyzing Miami's Offensive Tendencies from Pro Football Spotlight

Oakland couldn't have wished for a better outcome than Kansas City's victory in OT, creating a three-way tie atop the AFC West. The Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders each approach the halfway point of the season with 4-3 records.

The Raiders, though, have the easiest path to the division title.

And they pretty much have to win it to justify Jackson's daring trade for unemployed quarterback Carson Palmer.

The Door Is Open For The Oakland Raiders In The AFC West from The San Jose Mercury News

All is abuzz in Chief's kingdom.  Fans are excited about a Monday night win, radio announcers are proclaiming Todd Haley as the right coach for this particular team, and Chief's players are answering questions about being first in the AFC West.

It's time for a trap game.

Kansas City Chiefs: Flashing The Spotlights Speed Trap Ahead from Pro Football Spotlight

In honor of the outstanding home-field advantage the Chiefs enjoyed on Monday Night Football, Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt dedicated 10 commemorative game-issued footballs to the fans at Arrowhead who propelled the Chiefs to victory over the San Diego Chargers.

The game balls will be auctioned off this week to Chiefs fans looking to commemorate the victory with all of the proceeds to benefit the Joplin Relief Fund.

Chiefs vs Chargers Game-Issued Commemorative Football 10/31/2011 from The Mothership

15. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) - "Since I Lost My Baby" by The Temptations

The Chiefs have reeled off four straight wins since I ranked them #1 in my inaugural Suck 4 Luck Power Rankings, a winning streak that has moved them all the way into a first place tie in the AFC West. This has Chiefs fans seeing sun shining (yes, plenty of light), a new day dawning (so sunny and bright), and even birds signing and children playing.

But the reality is that without young stars Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, and Tony Moeaki, all of whom the Chiefs lost early in the year to season-ending injuries, the Chiefs' chances of going any further than they did last year - a first round playoff blowout - are slim to none.

NFL Power Rankings Week 9: The Midseason Motown Edition from Midwest Sports Fans