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The only stat that really matters, though, is that Smith is undefeated as quarterback of the Chiefs.

“This is the NFL and there’s not going to be blowouts week in and week out,” Smith said. “But it’s fun being around this team. We enjoy coming to work, we enjoy preparing.”

A lot of people in Kansas City are enjoying coming to the stadium on Sundays, too. As good as this season has gone so far, last season was so miserable that fans raised money to fly a banner over the stadium calling for Cassel to be benched and GM Scott Pioli to be fired.

If the fans have moved on, so have the players.

“Last year is last year,” receiver Dexter McCluster said. “I’m done talking about it. 8-0 speaks for itself.”

It does, though it doesn’t speak loudly. There are a lot of games still to be played, and a lot of questions still to be answered.

The Kansas City Chiefs may not be the best team in the NFL, or even the best team in their division.

But right now their record says they are.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg