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Chiefs Priority #1: 2-0 Against The Raiders


Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus rightly emphasized on the latest Chiefs Live that the Oakland Raiders have now gone 10 years without a playoff win. As Chiefs fans, we should take a perverse pleasure in that statistic (although the Chiefs’ drought is twice as long – forget I said that — Raiders suck!). As Holthus said, “that doesn’t cause me missed time sleeping. What does is the fact that the Raiders […] are 8-4 against the Chiefs (during that stretch) and have won six straight games at Arrowhead Stadium. That now causes me insomnia.”

Don’t worry, Mitch, you’re not alone. Nothing should infuriate us all more than the fact that the Faiders have been so absurdly successful on our home turf over the last six years.

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As I’ve already said, I’ve been too disappointed, had too many hopes burned gloriously, had my expectations defecated upon by this team in the last three years to make any bold predictions about what its record will be. Can I see this team going 10-6? Yes. But those same eyes have made a fool of me before. I can easily see the reverse of that record.

One thing is for darn sure though, no matter what happens throughout the rest of the 2013 season. I want us to win those two games against the Oakland more than anything else. There are two reasons for this.

 

First: Pride

 

It’s time for those records to change. If you can’t defeat your most hated opponent in your own house for six years, your trash talk holds a lot less swagger. Arrowhead’s rep as a horrific field of battle weakens. Worst of all, that pack of Stephen King psychopaths known as Raiders fans get to gloat.

Right now, the Raiders are at perhaps their weakest point in a decade in terms of the quality of their roster. That means that right now is the perfect time to start setting this record straight. Sweep them this year, sweep them next year, then we’re even.

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I’ve been living overseas for four years and have come back for a Chiefs game each of the last two just before Christmas. As fantastic as it has been to be back, those were two of the most infuriating games in recent Chiefs memory.

The first was the home game against the Raiders in 2011. Kansas City fans were still living on the high of the team’s win against the previously undefeated Packers the week before. This meeting at Arrowhead was a tough, smash-mouth game, the kind that I actually really like against a bitter rival. But, after Raiders DL Richard Seymour (literally) single-handedly blocked two Chiefs field goals, the game went into overtime 13-13. Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey caught a 53-yard bomb on the first play of OT. Two plays later, Oakland kicked a successful field goal to win. Chiefs nation stood in bewildered disbelief.

(The second game, in case you’re wondering, was last year’s game against the Colts when RB Jamaal Charles went off for 226 yards and 1 TD and the Chiefs somehow still managed to lose with QB Brady Quinn posting a QBR of 7.8, 0 TD’s, 2 INT’s.)

 

Second: Strategy

 

The Chiefs have done a lot to right the ship with smart offseason acquisitions, but I still believe that, with a few notable exceptions, going for worst in the league to playoff contender takes two seasons. There’s no doubt that the team will be better (historically bad is hard to not improve upon), but don’t buy your playoff cigars just yet.

It may take a while for Reid’s playbook and offensive philosophy to stick. There will also be injuries. One thing is for sure though – in this competitive league, you have to take advantage of every opportunity. Facing competitive division challengers San Diego and Denver twice each and the fearsome NFC East throughout the season, the Chiefs need to take full advantage of their two games against their other weakened division foe who many believe is the worst team in the league right now.

On paper, that shouldn’t be too hard.

After a year of dreadful play in the defensive backfield, Oakland has made beefing up the backend a priority, drafting DJ Hayden with their first pick, as well as bringing in veterans S Charles Woodson, CB Mike Jenkins and CB Tracy Porter. While this likely won’t make for a top defense, it will most likely at least balance them to average against the pass after giving up the 8th most pass TD’s in the league.

That shouldn’t worry the Chiefs too much, however, as their front seven is in total flux. This offseason, they let walk three DT’s, including both starters, two DE’s, including one starter, and will likely start an entirely new group of linebackers. No longer facing Seymour on the inside is going to really help the Chiefs. The two new replacements, Pat Sims and Vance Walker, have combined 2012 stats of: 49 total tackles and 3 sacks.

As for defensive end, there has been chatter that DE Lamarr Houston – now undoubtedly the best player on their line – will be moved inside to a 3 technique which will limit his pass-rushing impact. The only other proven commodity they have at that position is Andre Carter, who is really an aging situational pass-rusher.

Simply put, the Chiefs match up extremely well to the Oakland front seven. As Stacy pointed out yesterday, although the Chiefs have a lot of unproven commodities in the interior offensive line, they’ll be playing against similarly unspectacular Oakland DT’s. Where Oakland has talent in Houston on the outside (if he is still playing there), the Chiefs now have perhaps the best set of bookend tackles in the game.

With only one bona fide starter in their linebacking corps, this hodgepodge unit should be easy to confuse, with Chiefs HC Andy Reid’s signature quick passes and creative RB plays. On a whole, the Chiefs should be able to run it down Oakland’s throat.

This is definitely a good thing beyond the cheer and joy that it will bring every child in Kansas-Missouri-land. The team’s meetings with the Raiders come at potentially pivotal moments of the schedule. The first Raiders game will be in Arrowhead Week 6 at a time that the team should be taking its stride. Facing the Jags, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants and Titans in the team’s first five games, a conservative estimate would say that the Chiefs will come out of that stretch 3-3 with a home win against the Raiders and will already have most of the NFC East behind them.

Then, it’s Texans, Browns, Bills, which conventional wisdom would put the team up 5-4.

After the Chiefs’ bye, the team’s 2013 fate will truly be decided as the team (amazingly) faces division opponents in 5 of its last 7 games. The KC squad first heads to Denver, then plays the Chargers at home, then the Broncos at Arrowhead followed by a match against RGIII’s reconstructed knee in Washington. Again, on paper, it looks like the Chiefs will probably lose at least 2 of 4 of those games, dropping them to 7-6 or 6-7.

Thankfully, a game against the Raiders could never come at a better time. In need of a morale boost, the Chiefs will then be heading to the disgusting O.co Coliseum to finish off the Raiders and make a run for a wild-card spot, facing the Colts at home (again) and the Chargers in warm San Diego.

All the Chiefs needed last year against the playoff-bound Colts was a quarterback who wouldn’t turn over the ball nearly every time the team sniffed the red zone after Charles got them there. I think there’s no doubt that the team has cleared that hump.

As for the Chargers, I think it’s likely that the Chiefs and Chargers will be fairly equal teams next year, with a lot of possibility and uncertainty. This will be gut check time. Can the Chiefs eke out a must-win victory in Dolt territory in Week 17 to sweep ‘em and sneak into the playoffs?

Only time will tell, but for this fantasy to become a reality, it all starts with pummeling the Raiders to the turf at every opportunity.

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  • Jason Seibel

    I truly hope the Chiefs can make this happen! I hate the Raiders….

    • U A Plumberman

      Jason
      I hate your CHEIFS ( chefs ) like no other team. I do like your response. I think my Raiders biggest question mark is not there defense but there qb’s. K C’ s question mark in my opinion is your O line. This article seems to ignore that even Johnny U would have stunk behind them. Reid’s O line stunk even worse last year. I am looking forward to next season!

      • Calchiefsfan

        Beautiful! If only we can get both the Chiefs and Raiders back as elite teams, talking smak and hatin on each other. Then everything would be right in the world again. I think both teams are headed in the right direction. Once Manning retires after this year we’ll be back on top.
        The Raider d line dominated us the last 2 years which is why you guys had success against us. That’s going to change this year with the additions of Fisher, Schwartz and Hudson. Your d line has gone backwards. There will be a sweep this year. The Chiefs will take both.

        • U A Plumberman

          As much as I hate the CHEIFS I think they are moving up. They are one of two teams with a winning overall record over my Raiders, which I hate to admit.

          • Calchiefsfan

            As much as I hate to admit the Raiders have 3 Lombardi”s.

        • U A Plumberman

          Unless you get a janitor job at Arrowhead I doubt you will be sweeping anything. Sorry

          • Calchiefsfan

            Nice, very funny. Surprising wit from a Raider fan.
            At least I would have a job.

      • NicholasAlanClayton

        Re-read, I talk about that as well.

      • Jim Harper

        Be sure to show back up on this site after your whipping!

  • Julio Echeverria

    Ur still gonna lose to the Raiders and ur still not gonna make the playoffs and ur still gonna have a higher draft pick than the Raiders. We’re at our weakest? U have no idea what’s gonna hit u n everybody else

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I think The Raiders are heading in the right direction but the stories coming out of OTAs about the Oakland QBs doesn’t inspire much confidence.

      • Julio Echeverria

        Wow, I’m really impressed. An actual intelligent, respectful response. Awesome!
        We’re getting hammered in the media, but the media always hates us. They love the fact we’ve been down. Look at Jaws. He’s still bitter over the SB we destroyed him, so he hammers our QB. Those of us actually paying attention feel (we can’t know for sure) that this team will surprise a few times. thinking we can go 8-8 is a real possibility. Our defense is gonna be our strength. We’ll see what Flynn can do…

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          I am a Buckeye fan so I’d be interested to see Pryor get a shot. He’s unbelievably talent but his accuracy was just terrible in college. With the right system and QB coach, I think he could eventually be a starter in a spread/option scheme.

          • Julio Echeverria

            I agree, but it doesn’t seem DA and McKenzie have much trust in him. We’ll see in camp, but the scheme seems best suited for Flynn or Wilson.

        • KCMikeG

          How is your gutted defense going to be your strength?Or is it just that the offense will be so bad?

          As Nicholas pointed out you let three DT’s go including both starters, two DE’s, including one starter, and will likely start an entirely new group of linebackers. No longer facing Seymour on the inside is going to really help the Chiefs. The two new replacements, Pat Sims and Vance Walker, have combined 2012 stats of: 49 total tackles and 3 sacks.

        • Dean Thomas

          Yeah, Theisman too, bitter since 1983! LMAO!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      All hail the Mighty Matt Flynn!

      • Dean Thomas

        Hail Tyler Wilson!

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I’m actually hoping the organization is too stupid to realize what they have in Wilson. I was quite a bit disappointed when he was drafted by the Raiders. That kid could turn the Oakland fortunes around for 10 years.

          • Dean Thomas

            Why does everyone still think Al Davis is still running the show? Oh, BTW we’ll be over $50M under the cap next year.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’m not confused about that, but I’m also not sure new leadership is competent either. Remains to be seen.

    • stephan costa

      K, now pass the crack pipe to the rest of faider nation

    • Austin Wagner

      We could have a higher draft pick if we won the Super Bowl, cause the Raiders will probably trade away their first round pick for a slightly unimpressive quarterback…. again

  • John

    So Andy Reid with an incredibly talented Eagles team manged to win 2 games and lose 14 last year is now going to take the reject Chiefs team and win? Loser coach is suddenly going to make the worst team in the league winners. You got plently of Tissue? Your going to need them. Pain is coming….RAIDERS

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      The Eagles went 4-12 last you dimwit. Their previous three seasons under Reid were: 11-5, 10-6, 8-8. You went: 5-11, 8-8, 8-8, during that time. Congrats.

  • John

    Chiefs: We could talk about the worst offensive line in football last year, we could talk about your 2 game winning coach in 2012, we could talk about how you haven’t beat the Raiders at home in years. Then you have the nerve to down the Raiders? You better get some tissue because you are going to need it. Pain is coming…RAIDERS

    • Calchiefsfan

      So you are a Raider fan, easy call. Fyi, the Raiders have a far inferior o line to the Chiefs. Just exactly who do have besides Valdheer? Who isn’t as good Albert. The Wiz has potential but not there yet. With your d line sucking this year you’re going to get swept by us. No doubt about it.

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      What 2 game winning coach? He was fired quite a while ago. Our current HC’s (Oakland and KC) had the same record last year. I really don’t see what you take issue with: we Chiefs fans want to beat you. I am discussing how and why that is possible. Nevermind, logic is likely a shocking phenomenon for you.

    • superman_25_58

      Ill have the tissues ready just need your address so I know where to send them too.

  • KCPauly

    Wow you got the Faider fans all riled up…I like it…Theres more Faider comments on here than Chiefs, they must be pretty worried about what is happening with their long time foes, for them to be over here reading Chiefs post..again I like it…Go Chiefs!!!!

    • Dean Thomas

      Queefs will choke again! Remember Alex Smith before Harbaugh got to SF, that’s what you’ll get.

      • KCMikeG

        I’ll take Smith over Flynn all day every day. NFL Total Access today: Flynn will be exposed this year – his lack of arm strength, decision making and lack of targets will be his failing. Sweet!

        • Dean Thomas

          Sounds like you’re talking about Smith there. I think Wilson will beat out Flynn anyway, so that will be a moot point. Lack of targets? I guess u don’t remember Jacoby Ford beating u in OT? Or Denarious Moore scoring TD’s on u guys? Be line everyone else and keep underestimating us… All good.

          • KCMikeG

            Bahahahahaha! Tyler “little hands” 4-8 in his just 2nd year as a starter is where all your hopes and dreams lie. Wow I almost feel sorry for you – NOT!

        • Dean Thomas

          Rich Gannon is a believer in Flynn, but we all know total access is always right. That’s why they have such smart guys like Warren Sapp.

          • KCMikeG

            Flynn’s 28 years old, hasn’t started a game in 2 years and he’s your starter – face it losers!

            Several reports detailed how poorly the Raiders quarterbacks performed. The group, consisting of Matt Flynn, Tyler Wilson, Terrell Pryor and Matt McGloin was unimpressive, to say the least. According to Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle, two straight downfield throws from Flynn that were described as “wounded ducks” were the highlights of the day. Barely any throws were completed downfield and several passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage.
            Ron Jaworski raised some eyebrows on Tuesday when he ranked Raiders quarterbackMatt Flynn as the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. Jaws’ reason being that Flynn doesn’t have good arm strength.Entering the summer, Flynn is the team’s starting quarterback. However, the team doesn’t have much evidence to prove that his poor minicamp performance was just a fluke.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    If we only beat one team this season, it had better be the Oakland Raiders.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Agreed.

  • bill kush

    chiefs nation ? LMAO you idiots there is one nation & that’s Raider Nation ! You queef’s fans can keep wishing that you can beat the Raiders. Even in there drought they will still continue to beat the sorry queefs. Just cause you got a new coach you will still fail. I would bet your sorry team gets swept again this year so you can still cry & hate the Raiders cause they are the better team.

    • U A Plumberman

      I forgot in my earlier reply. They hate Raider nation so much that they imitate it ( CHEIFS nation ). The copy FSU’s tomahawk chop. Please doesn’t K C do anything original themselves,
      ONE NATION RAIDER NATION!!!

      • KCMikeG

        You want original? How about Lamar Hunt created the AFL. Or how about Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt hired Krazy George to appear at a Chiefs game, thus beginning Krazy George’s career as a professional cheerleader and bringing the wave to the NFL. What have the faiders ever done that was original besides making really shitty personnel decisions?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Chiefs Kingdom, actually…

    • Da Menace

      You idiot if it wasn’t for the Chiefs ( texans) and Lamar Hunt the Faders wouldn’t even exist! Bow down to your makers foo!

      • stephan costa

        Luke we are your father lol

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Q. Which AFC West team has had ten consecutive seasons without a winning record?

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Q. Which AFC West team has finished in 3rd or 4th place in nine of the last ten seasons?

  • Luis Hernandez

    This was a pretty pointless article, seeing as how the chiefs still blow nuts and will get picked apart this season not only by the raiders, but by any other team they play! Raiders baby!

    • KCMikeG

      Picked apart by Matt Flynn BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Luis Hernandez

        By whoever is under center for us really… You’ll see, and you’ll remember all of these raider comments after we beat that ass up. Raiders baby! In McKenzie we trust

        • KCMikeG

          OH so you won’t even claim your projected starting QB? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You can’t win with Flynn and there certainly isn’t anybody else going to beat him out. That’s how pathetic your offense is.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Q. Which AFC West team has lost 11 games in eight of the last ten seasons?

    • U A Plumberman

      Your alright as far as Chef fans go.
      Q: which afc west team has three Lombardi Tophies?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Well played. It’s the one trump card you have. Now let’s not try to retroactively fit that onto the 2013 Raiders. That team stinks and has arguably made fewer strides than any other team in the division to improve. We’ll see you guys in mid-October.

        • U A Plumberman

          Stacy I would not do that. I’m not going to be like two kids in the sand box. My team sucks less than yours does. Both our teams can only go up from last year. By the way 2010 the Raiders went 6-0 in the AFCWest and still only finished second.

          • KCMikeG

            Finished second to the Chiefs.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The Raiders are headed for another 4th place finish in the division. Your starting QB has been on three teams in as many years. He got beat out by a QB selected in the 3rd Round of last year’s draft.

            You have ONE wide receiver worth talking about.

            Your starting runningback can’t stay healthy and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry last season.

            You lost DHB, Philip Wheeler, Shane Lechler, Michael Huff, and Tommy Kelly.

            I’m not sure where this confidence is coming from.

  • stephan costa

    Chiefs will dominate both games and easily sweep choke land. I don’t know what will be more fun, enjoying the chiefs climb up the division ladder or listening to the whiney faider fans when their crappy team falls flat on their face once again. Faider nation=commitment to celler dwelling

  • stephan costa

    I blame prison overcrowding as the reason all these choke land fans are trolling the best site on the net today

  • Glenn

    The Queefs have fans? If beating us is a priority, then once again, sorry bout your luck.

    • stephan costa

      Your parole officer is looking for you

      • Da Menace

        Lol! The reason Fader games continue to have blackouts is because people in Oakland finally figured out that food stamps can’t buy game tickets..

      • Glenn

        Hysterical. Since I have been a cop for 32 years. You losers keep yapping. The Raiders will show it on the field.

        • Jim Harper

          Well no wonder Oakland has such a high crime rate!

        • KCMikeG

          Hopefully you won’t be too busy arrest the fans to watch ur team lose.

        • stephan costa

          Your girlfriend just ran off with your crack dealer and your welfare check

        • superman_25_58

          I just don’t think you have the lineup to do anything. I see you all going 0-16 to be honest. Lost your biggest offensive threat in Miller and the MVP on Oaklands team in Palmer. Now you have unproven QB’s in Flynn (who got beat out for the QB spot by a rookie, Pryor who, and tiny hand sam rookie QB Wilson. You lost Huff and Seymour on defense. Yup your Faiders future is looking bright.

  • John

    The facts are you chumps were 0-2 against the Raiders last year, but you have a really good punter.

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      You had a really good punter too.

    • superman_25_58

      The facts are you chumps have lost your proven QB in Palmer (everyone in the NFL knows the problems in Oakland had nothing to do with Palmer but he saw a sinking ship in Faiders nation and bailed to AZ) and now you have no proven QB on your team and you lost the only real TE threat that made your offense shine on occasions in Miller. I see several years of failure in Oakland Faiders nation, sorry. :’(

  • steve james

    Man a lot of smak talk. Let’s face it two of the worst teams in football by any measure. And we fans still talk smack. Wow. Well at least the Chiefs aren’t stuck in salary cap hell. It had to suck as a Raider fan seeing a lot of your best talent let go. I don’t know if the Chiefs will sweep the Raiders. I hope they do and they should but they always find some extra umph for us. Raiders fans are going to have a long season regardless & any honest Raider fan knows this is truth.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Takes a long time to turn things around when your roster kind of gets gutted. I think that is why so many experts see another tough season for Oakland, because they did a fair amount of gutting last year.

      Still, they were good enough to whip our pathetic excise for a team in 2012 so I am hoping to do my trash talking after the first game we beat them.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    In the words of Nelson… Ha! Ha! ! We’ve killed your team fair and square at your own home too many times in a row and we are going to do it again! Happy 2012 blowout win! Looking forward to 2013!

    • KCMikeG

      Guess you are unaware that we have owned your lame ass in the black hole EIGHT out of TEN times since 2002. Get used to that trend continuing and there will be no more winning at Arrowhead.

  • Da Menace

    For all you Fader fans who keep trolling our site Chiefs over Faders 55-50-2 all time and 2-1 post season nuff said!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I have to hand it to Raider Nation. Whenever we post anything about the Raiders, they show up. Can’t say that about very many fan bases. I miss my boy Raider Hayes. He used to stop by and was the civilest of Raider fans.

  • Da Menace

    Chiefs over Faders all time 55-51-2 postseason Chiefs 2-1 so suck it Chokeland!

    • stephan costa

      Bout to be 57-51-2,2-1 post season DaMenece. Stats don’t lie

  • Canad-Ian

    In those 2 games combined I predict Charles runs for 300+ yards

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Lol you said it no more wins at Arrowhead…For the chiefs haha!

  • klr

    Fuck the raiders . 13-3 . Fuck the raiders 2-14 . Fuck the raiders 10 -6 fuck the raiders . All day every day fuck the raiders . KCK wyco

  • berttheclock

    All well and good, but, as Al Davis used to say, you develop your team to win your division. When, he said that he was talking about needing to beat the Chiefs. In our case, it is “Beat the Donkies”. Beat the Donkies and all else will fall into place.

  • BigNinaRoss

    Queefs get Alex Smith and Coach Reid and all the sudden the douches at NFL and ESPN rank them higher than DA RAIDAS….Queefs barely won 2 games…. I dont think so ha ha ha!!!! The Autumn wind is a Raider…

  • Jim Butler

    As much as I hate the faders it’s kinda hard not to feel sorry for them, a little sad :( GO CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 85raider

    We all know that even if the queefs make even a wildcard spot that they are the biggest chokers in the league & a waste of a playoff spot, since 93