Rekindled rivalry finds Raiders seeking unlikely sweep of defending champion Chiefs

It’s a rivalry again, and all it took to rekindle the Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs as must-see T.V. was an upset win followed with a ‘victory lap’ in chartered buses around Arrowhead Stadium.

The whole bus thing is much ado about nothing, but it’s interesting Chiefs coach Andy Reid Monday mentioned it at all _ twice, in fact — and then the organization on the same day followed up on Twitter by proclaiming “We’ll let our play do the talking” with two photos of interceptions in a 2018 game against the Raiders.

We’ll let our play do the talking.

— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 17, 2020

Set aside for a moment the flawed concept of the Chiefs letting their play do the talking and posting that message on a medium which invites taunting. It appears the Raiders to some degree got under the skin of a team which has beaten them to a pulp more often than not since Reid was hired in 2013.

Having lost four times to the Chiefs by a combined score of 144-53 since Jon Gruden came back in 2018, the Raiders can be forgiven for a little postgame rejoicing. They weren’t expected to win, and even in the days leading up to the game quarterback Derek Carr reminded people you can’t call it a rivalry when one team wins all the time.

The Raiders aren’t expected to win the rematch at home Sunday night (5:20 p.m.) either, especially after practicing all week without 10 defensive players on the COVID-19 reserve list. It would surprise no one if Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 400-plus yards and the Raiders simply couldn’t keep up with the defending Super Bowl champions.

The Chiefs are coming off a bye, and Reid is 18-3 as head coach with the Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles after byes. The last time Kansas City lost to a team other than the Raiders was Nov. 10, 2019 against Tennessee.

But by virtue of a 6-3 record and 3-0 in the AFC West, the Raiders have earned the right to be taken seriously. Beating the Chiefs (8-1, 2-2) would put them within a game of the division lead and owning the division tiebreaker by virtue of a season sweep.

Here are five ways it could happen:

Josh Jacobs (28) of the Raiders helped control the clock against the Chiefs in the first meeting. Getty Images1. Keep playing keepaway

In an age where passing is emphasized, time of possession can be a non-factor. But it’s huge for the Raiders, who dominated the second half against the Chiefs with more than 20 minutes of time of possession. It helped keep Mahomes and his dangerous set of receivers on the sideline where they can do no damage.

The Raiders are coming off a game where they controlled the clock for an absurd 13:28 of the third quarter against Denver, after which the Broncos defense was gassed. The Raiders had Carr simply turn and hand the ball off and a rested defense picked through the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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