The Dolphins are well aware of that fact, but don't think it's going to be a problem.
"It's still an AFC team, so we need this win," said linebacker Zach Thomas. "I know everyone said, we're picked to get beat because we have the Patriots next week and we're coming off a big win. If we slack off against this team, we'll get killed because they have a great offense. They have a reall good team, so it's going to be tough."
What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Chiefs matchup.
WHO: Miami Dolphins (3-0) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)
WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Randy Cross, analysis; Beasley Reece, sidelines)
LINE: Dolphins by 2
NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 8th in NFL in total offense, 1st in rushing offense, 21st in passing offense, 11th in total defense, 8th in rushing defense, 21st in passing defense
Chiefs — 6th in NFL in total offense, 2nd in rushing offense, 18th in passing offense, 32nd in total defense, 12th in rushing defense, 32nd in passing defense
COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Chiefs, Dick Vermeil (2nd year)
SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 13-10 (3-0 in playoffs)
LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 1997 at Miami, Dolphins 17, Chiefs 14; 1995 at Miami, Dolphins 13, Chiefs 6; 1994 playoffs at Miami, Dolphins 27, Chiefs 17; 1994 at Miami, Dolphins 45, Chiefs 28; 1993 at Miami, Dolphins 30, Chiefs 10
INJURIES: Dolphins — LB Twan Russell (knee) is out; TE Desmond Clark (forearm), S Scott McGarrahan (groin), CB Patrick Surtain (knee) and DE Jason Taylor (knee) are questionable; QB Jay Fiedler (finger), DE Adewale Ogunleye (ankle), TE Ed Perry (ankle), T Todd Wade (ankle) and S Shawn Wooden (shoulder) are probable.
Chiefs — CB Ray Crockett (hamstring), DT Eric Downing (abdomen), TE Jason Dunn (shoulder) and CB Eric Warfield (calf) are questionable; RB Derrick Blaylock (knee), TE Tony Gonzalez (wrist) and DE Eric Hicks (ankle) are probable.