KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were about 20 minutes removed from a victory over the Cowboys that allowed them to match their victory total from all of last season when questions immediately shifted to Thursday night's game in Philadelphia.
Turns out that was about 20 minutes more than they needed.
"Our mindset is to go 3-0," wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said. "We want to go 4-0 in the first quarter, that's what coach is preaching and we all have that in our mind."
Even seconds after the kind of uplifting win that so eluded the Chiefs last season.
They pushed their record to 2-0 with a 17-16 victory, just the second time since 2005 the franchise has started off with a pair of wins.
In any other week, coach Andy Reid might give everyone a day off after such a win.
Instead, the coaching staff convened Sunday night to start studying film of the Eagles, and they were back at the training facility Monday to finish off their game plan.
"Every coach tells you these Thursday nights, it's a quick turnaround, and you just have to go," said Reid, who has the added stress of facing the team that fired him after 14 seasons.
"It's something you have to do. You buckle down and make sure you get it done."
So far, the Chiefs have done that quite admirably.
In a win at Jacksonville and a come-from-behind victory over the Cowboys, a defense that returns four Pro Bowl players has allowed just one touchdown.
It's yielding a shade below 250 yards a game, fourth best in the league, and already has racked up nine sacks.
Then there's the offense, which has taken advantage of the luxurious field position.
Alex Smith has four touchdown passes without an interception. Jamaal Charles has proven to be as adept at catching the ball as he is running it. And a receiving group led by Bowe has made enough plays to keep the chains moving in crunch time.
"You have to battle," Smith said. "You don't know what play it's going to be that makes a difference of the course of the game. You don't know what's going to be the difference maker."
Against the Cowboys, it may have been Charles down the stretch.