Despite clinching the AFC West for a fourth straight season, the Kansas City Chiefs aren't in the clear just yet.
There's still a chance for a better seeding slot in the quickly approaching NFL playoffs, giving the team some unfinished business with three games remaining on the schedule.
So, even with a postseason berth secured, don't expect Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to let up or scale back on play-calls against the Denver Broncos Sunday.
"That's not where we're at," Chiefs coach Andy Reid. "I believe that. It's full-steam ahead. That's how we roll."
The good news surrounds the Chiefs approaching the next three games with that mentality or they could fall victim of a trap game Sunday against the Denver Broncos (5-8) at Arrowhead Stadium.
On paper, Sunday's game at Arrowhead Stadium is one the Chiefs (9-4) should win. They've beaten the Broncos (5-8) eight straight times and are coming off a big win over the New England Patriots.
The Houston Texans probably thought the same thing in Week 14. Fresh of a Week 13 win over the Patriots, the Texans, who are in a tight division race, were stunned by the Broncos at home, 38-24.
The cliche of "any given Sunday" certainly applies in a league where anything can, and often does, happen. It's not uncommon to see a team inexplicably go down in defeat — the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Miami Dolphins last weekend is another example — in a games it shouldn't lose.
Could the same thing happen to the Chiefs at this point in the season? Probably not, given the team's focus right now.
"It was a good win last week," Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. "At this time of the year, one of the challenges is that win, lose or draw, put it to bed quick and move on to the next one. That's what we kind of have done."
Cornerback Charvarius Ward agreed.
"It definitely won't be a letdown," Ward said. "We got bigger goals than the Broncos, so we're getting ready for the playoffs in the long run."
The Chiefs currently sit two and a half games behind the Baltimore Ravens, who moved to 12-2 after Thursday night's win over the New York Jets, and a game behind the Patriots (10-3).
Baltimore is in the driver's seat for a first-round bye if the Patriots or Chiefs lose or tie in their respective games. In the event both the Patriots and Chiefs lose Sunday, the Ravens, a team the Chiefs defeated in Week 3 but one that has also beaten the Patriots, can clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Kansas City needs some outside help to catch the Ravens and overtake the Patriots, but Reid's locker room is concentrating on the immediate future.
Following last week's win over the Patriots, the Chiefs passed out T-shirts to players with the message "The West is not enough" printed across the front.
Not slipping up at home following last Sunday's emotional victory in Foxborough is critical.
"If you did something great, do it again," Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi said. "We just got to stay focused on what's going on right now. We've got the Broncos now, so stay focused on the task at hand. Point blank: keep doing what we got to do."
Chiefs rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman agreed.
"We don't get complacent, man," Hardman said. "We still want to win games."