Three false hopes for the Raiders to hold onto vs. KC Chiefs

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 14: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders avoids a tackle by cornerback L'Jarius Sneed #38 of the Kansas City Chiefs during their game at Allegiant Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 41-14. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 14: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders avoids a tackle by cornerback L'Jarius Sneed #38 of the Kansas City Chiefs during their game at Allegiant Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 41-14. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 14: Bryan Edwards #89 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs after a short pass play during the first half of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 14: Bryan Edwards #89 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs after a short pass play during the first half of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Every game is different

The last time the Chiefs faced the Chiefs, it was a 41-14 drubbing at home for the Raiders, the sort of low point that pretty much did the season in—at least that’s how it will look in retrospect if/when the Raiders are officially taken out of playoff contention. The idea of facing the Chiefs at an even hotter point on the road at Arrowhead likely makes it seem like an even tougher game—except if they buy into the fact that every game is different.

The last time these teams faced off, DeSean Jackson was a brand new signing who’d not yet shown what he can do with the Raiders—such as the 102-yard performance put in against the Cowboys two weeks ago. The Raiders are also getting Trayvon Mullen back from injury and he wasn’t around in the first matchup. Raiders coordinators will no doubt try to alter the game plan significantly on Sunday as well, including Gus Bradley’s defensive approach this time around. Different players and different approaches could equal a different result.

Why it’s a false hope: Here’s the truth: Jackson is in but Waller is out. Mullen is in but Perryman is out. The Raiders provided they had no idea how to slow the Chiefs before so there’s no reason to believe they will strike gold this time around. Just leaning on the idea of “any given Sunday” is a loser’s mentality, and while it’s technically true, it’s a false hope for the Raiders against a much more talented team.

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