This week is one of my two favorites, that’s right… it’s “Raider Hater” week!
The Kansas City Chiefs will face division rival Oakland Raiders on Sunday for the second time this season. This famed rivalry began September 16, 1960, and 2012 marks the 52nd year of the rivalry. Both teams have met a total of 108 times and pleased to announce our Chiefs lead the series with 53 wins, 49 loses, and two ties.
My favorite memory as a “Raider Hater” was between 1993-1997, when Carl Peterson Brought Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen to Kansas City after being released from Oakland. With Allen the Chiefs defeated the Raiders 9 out of 10 times in that five year stretch. During Allen’s time with the Raiders he lead his team to Super Bowl XVIII, where the Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins and Allen was awarded the MVP.
In 2003 it was assumed Marcus Allen would return to Oakland to retire as a Raider, but ultimately decided to remain with Kansas City retiring as a Chief. As Romeo Crennel puts it, BOOM! In your face Raiders! Oh, sorry, that wasn’t very ‘PC’ of me. Oops!
Too late, already said.
Oakland has won the last six consecutive times at Arrowhead Stadium and seven of the last 10 overall, including this season’s matchup where the Raiders beat Kansas City 26-16 . Prior to that Kansas City had swept the season series four straight years (2003-06) and won nine matchups in a row from 2003-2007.
Kansas City has defeated the Raiders 8 of the last 10 in Oakland, including a 28-0 shutout at Oakland Coliseum behind a team-record six interceptions. Two were returned for TD’s by Brandon Flowers and Kendrick Lewis. Third time in Chiefs history they’d shutout the Raiders.
The Chiefs need to find what they had against the Carolina Panthers to beat the Raiders in Oakland. With Dwayne Bowe out – possibly the remainder of the season – everyone including the Raiders knows the brunt of it will rest on Jamal Charles shoulders. Brian Daboll and Romeo Crennel HAVE to turn loose some players, players like Steve Breaston, that have been in storage to have a chance in this game.
Oakland has players like Tyvon Branch and Darren McFadden still on the injury report, so it will be interesting to see what moves the Raiders make as well.
Many think the rivalry between the two is slowly fading, which I admit shows less fire and intensity on the field than in times past, but I guess they both are newer, younger and some things do change. Take a look at the legendary KU-MU rivalry, even that has come to an end.
Still, the Chiefs-Raiders games are still good football watching. As far as the fans, well, that part of the ancient rivalry is still going strong!
Hopefully, (fingers crossed) it’s a win by the Chiefs. GO CHIEFFSSSS!!!
Am I still a Chiefs fan? Always – As long as my blood is Red!