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No joke: Chiefs becoming a big-play defense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tyrann Mathieu didn't laugh at the suggestion. He didn't smile or find the least bit of humor in the notion that maybe the Kansas City Chiefs are becoming a team known for big-play defense instead of high-scoring offense.

"I don't know," the straight-faced safety said after the Chiefs' defense led the way in a 40-9 victory over the Oakland Raiders. "We've got to stick to the process. ... We're constantly chasing improvement. We want to be our very best when it matters the most."

Games haven't been any bigger for the Chiefs this season than Sunday's against the Raiders.