When: Sunday, Oct. 13
Time: Noon, CT
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
TV Broadcast: CBS (12:00 PM CT): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon, commentators. NFL Red Zone; DirecTV – 710.
Radio Broadcast: Over 60 radio stations on the Chiefs Radio Network; Mitch Holthus, Len Dawson, Kendall Gammon, commentators, Chiefs Spanish Radio: La Gran D (1340 AM); Play-by-Play: Enrique Morales, Color Commentator: Oscar Monterroso, Sideline Reporter: Ricardo Soto.
SIRIUS: 138 (Oak.), 93 (KC.). XM: 226 (KC).
The Kansas City Chiefs might be feeling like it’s a dream right now with a 5-0 regular season record and getting ready to play their rival, the Oakland Raiders, on what is setting up to be a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. (Sunny and mid-60’s at kickoff?? Sweet!) Luckily, motivation should not be a problem for KC because the Raiders have absolutely owned the Chiefs at Arrowhead for the last six years.
The Chiefs have not beaten the Raiders inside Arrowhead since 2006 – the best streak Oakland has ever had in Kansas City. Sadly, the Chiefs haven’t lost those games to the old John Madden-led teams of the 1970’s with QBs Daryle Lamonica or Kenny “The Snake” Stabler taking snaps behind legendary center Jim Otto. Nor have they lost six in a row to the Jim Plunkett/Marcus Allen/Howie Long Super Bowl teams of the 80’s. Heck, they haven’t even lost six in a row to the Gruden/Gannon teams that dominated the NFL at the turn of this century!
No … these Chiefs have lost to such Raiders luminaries like JaMarcus Russell, Zack Miller, and Michael Bush led by guys like Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, and Hue Jackson. Sigh … just shoot an old-time Chiefs fan like me now because the last few years have been much too painful.
One of the biggest reasons fans in Kansas City are ready to give Andy Reid the keys to the city is that in just 10 months on the job as Chiefs head coach, he has restored the sense of family that the community had with the team in the “pre-New England Patriots Way” days.
And best of all for fans like you and your Chiefs Examiner, Reid is intent on restoring the rivalries with the AFC West. And while he may not have channeled the passions of former Chiefs head coaches Hank Stram and Marty Schottenheimer when it comes to the Raiders yet, he recognizes the importance.
“We look forward to the challenge of playing the Oakland Raiders," Reid said earlier this week. "Our football team understands the rivalry and the significance of that.”
Basically, the Stram/Schottenheimer philosophy is that only good Raider is a defeated and bloody Raider getting helped up by a teammate on the Arrowhead turf after a beatdown and a loss. Reid has embraced … “RAIDERS WEEK”!!!!!!!!
Technically, “Raiders Week” started under Schottenheimer who ironically did most of his damage against the LOS ANGELES Raiders while he led Kansas City to an 18-3 record against the “Just Win Baby” boys.
Marty has openly spoken about his dislike of the Raiders, but for those of us old enough (ahem!) to remember the late, great Coach Stram patrolling the sidelines, he DESPISED the Raiders with every fiber of his being. It could have been the on-field stuff – like Ben Davidson drilling Lenny Dawson head-first into the ground like a fence post in one of the most infamous plays in the Chiefs franchise history.
Or it could have been the off-field stuff like the time in Oakland where Chiefs players found Stram on a chair in the middle of the locker room screaming venom and hellfire into a ceiling light fixture because Stram just KNEW Raiders owner Al Davis had the locker room bugged. Or the time(s) the Raiders stadium sprinkler system was mysteriously left on overnight before games to help slow down KC’s run game. Yeah, just a coincidence.
One of my fondest memories as a Chiefs fan was being 10 years old in 1972 at Arrowhead flipping the bird to the worst Raider of all-time, fullback Marvelous Marv Hubbard, as he left the field at halftime. Since I was standing right next to the rail leading to the tunnel to the locker rooms, Hubbard saw me give him the finger and actually laughed about it and pointed me out to one of the other convicted felons that played for the ‘72 Raiders team. Mom was FURIOUS with me for doing that in public - even to a Raider. Dad bought me a hot dog when Mom wasn't looking. Love you, Pops!
Hey, I’d like to say that I’m not proud of the incident, but as a Chiefs fan since I was 4 years old, that would be a lie. The only acceptable Raider ever was Marcus Allen and that’s because he came here to Kansas City and got a football exorcism.
There is a positive, red-hued feeling in KC that has been missing for years and all thanks should go to Chiefs owner, Clark Hunt, for bringing in Reid and GM John Dorsey, who have made the Chiefs relevant in the NFL again.
Here are three things Chiefs fans should be watching for during Sunday’s game if the Chiefs are going to improve to 6-0:
- Keep on Truckin’: It’s not rocket science about how the Chiefs have gotten to 5-0. With the exception of the Giants game (3 turnovers), they have taken care of the ball … their special teams rock … and the defense is one of the best in the NFL. In the ‘Age Of Passing Offenses’ in the NFL, the Chiefs aren’t sexy, but Alex Smith gets the job done, doesn’t get rattled, and seemingly makes one or two plays every game that turn out to be crucial to the Chiefs winning. As long as Smith avoids throwing a pick-six to Raiders CB Charles Woodson, he’ll be fine. Chiefs fans should have faith in this coaching staff that they will continue to put the players in a position to excel.
- Chiefs need to channel the crowd’s energy: Forget about the dorky, cheesy, lame, stupid, (insert your own adjective here) stunt of trying to break the Guinness World Record for Loudest Crowd Roar at an outdoor sports stadium because … really … who cares? Maybe it’s because I’m on the other side of 50 years old, but I don’t wake up every morning hating Seattle fans for breaking the Chiefs previous record (116 decibels) when they reached 136.6 decibels? After being absent for a few years, the crowd noise has definitely been back for the Cowboys and Giants game. Chiefs fans rattled Tony Romo and Eli Manning with the noise so with all apologies to Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor – who did play QB at Ohio State where big crowds were the norm – he’s never heard anything like what he will hear Sunday. The defense practically foams at the mouth when the crowd gets rocking and as I said before, I haven’t seen Chiefs fans this excited for a long time. Whether or not the crowd sets any records is immaterial. If they cause false starts and Pryor to take time outs, THAT is the legacy of Arrowhead.
And to the fan group that got all geeked out about breaking the record … you couldn’t have them come during the Broncos game? Really?? I don’t know about the other 75,000 people at the stadium on Sunday, but I want to screw up Peyton Freaking Manning and the Donkeys. Especially with Horse Face Elway in the opponent’s luxury owner’s suite. I will scream until my throat bleeds in that game. Just sayin’ ….
- Special teams need to stay special: I touched on this in the first point, but I truly believe our special teams play will be the difference in this game. Quinton Demps is currently ranked #2 in the NFL for kickoff returns (35.2 yards). Dexter McCluster is #4 in punt return yardage average (13.6 yds). Dustin Colquitt is second in the league in dropping punts inside the 20 yard line (15). Ryan Succop has been nails all year (who would have thought it?) making 10 of 12 field goals – and the two he’s missed were from 50+ yards out. Even the Chiefs defense can take a little credit because they are the best in the NFL at causing “three-and-outs” with the opposing offenses, meaning that the Chiefs are starting most of their offensive drives in excellent starting field position. The Raiders lack explosive firepower on offense, especially if running back Darren McFadden is hampered because of sore hamstrings, so if the Chiefs special teams can bury Oakland deep, then the crowd noise can take over, the defense can fly to the ball to get turnovers and everyone dressed in red can go home Sunday afternoon happy with a 6-0 Chiefs team.
Prediction: The recent history of these two teams suggests a close game, but there’s just something about this team that makes me think they’ll finally take Arrowhead back from the dreaded Men in Black. This should be a close game until the third quarter when an Oakland turnover gives the Chiefs a little breathing room.
Score: Chiefs – 27, Raiders – 17.
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