Chiefs Versus Dolphins: the Classic Trap Game for Kansas City

John BartramCorrespondent IINovember 2, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31:   Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to pass against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on October 31, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Chiefs just won back-to-back division games, the second one in a less than predictable fashion.  Additionally, after losing their first three games in a very ugly fashion, they have now won their last four.

This is a very uncommon occurrence in the NFL and it leaves the Chiefs in a three way tie with the Chargers and Raiders atop the AFC West.  Also, their division record is 2-1, and their conference record is 3-2.  None of this is record breaking, but relatively speaking, it is.

This weekend, the Miami Dolphins pay a visit to Arrowhead Stadium.  The following weekend is another divisional game, this time against the Denver Broncos.  Denver might not be tearing up the NFL, but we all know that divisional games are a crap-shoot.

That leaves the 0-7 Dolphins right in the middle of all this.  The Dolphins, in spite of their record have played a number of teams very tough, including last week's game against the Giants, in the Meadowlands.

This is why Todd Haley started talking about the Dolphin game in the locker room following the win over the Chargers.

Haley knows this is a trap game and used those exact words.  He also has a short week of practice to get ready.  This is going to be his message this week, as it should be. 

This is where a head coach earns his money.  The Chiefs just finished winning a game that was as improbable as any we've seen in the NFL in years.  However, Haley made a point of telling his team that mainly due to the short week, they have to shake it off, and get ready for the Dolphins. Now. 

This is a mental week for the Chiefs as much as it is a physical, game planning week.  The Chiefs are easily talented enough to beat Miami. 

However, they must be ready and as fired up as they were Monday Night.  This is the NFL.  Any given Sunday.  Just ask the Saints.