Raiders vs. Chiefs rivalry relevant again | NFL
Raider-hater parties are once again the rage in Kansas City. The flames have been rekindled in a once-great rivalry. The Chiefs and Raiders are fun and relevant again, playing for first place just like they did so many times in their colorful past.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Raider-hater parties are once again the rage in Kansas City.
The flames have been rekindled in a once-great rivalry. The Chiefs and Raiders are fun and relevant again, playing for first place just like they did so many times in their colorful past.
The resurgent Chiefs (5-2), who haven't won a playoff game since 1994, are in Oakland on Sunday to take on the 4-4 Raiders.
K.C. is trying to hold onto first place in the AFC West and the Raiders want to snatch it away. Excitement is growing. Resentment is building, just as it did so many times in the 1960s and '70s, seasons that shaped today's NFL.
So trim the gray out of Ben Davidson's mustache. Tell Fred Biletnikoff to go deep. Snap the ball to Lenny the Cool and stay clear of Willie Lanier's bone-crunching tackles.
To really get in the mood, set the high-def TV to black and white. That's how the world still looked to many television viewers in 1968, when the Chiefs and Raiders were helping the NFL become the behemoth it is today.
"The Chiefs-Raiders rivalry was about as spirited as any in professional football in my time," said Jim Lynch, a standout linebacker for Hank Stram's great Kansas City teams, which played in the first Super Bowl and won the fourth meeting of AFL and NFL champions. "They didn't like us and we didn't like them. Now it looks like the Chiefs have something going again. This week will be fun."
The rivalry weakened in recent years because, for the most part, so did the teams. First one side and then the other would go through periods of domination. But that was not the case in the '60s and early '70s, when two of the AFL's, then AFC's, most talented teams resided in Middle America and the California Bay Area.
"Every year to even think about a Super Bowl, you knew you had to go through the Raiders or you had to go through the Kansas City Chiefs," recalled former Raiders cornerback Willie Brown. "That's how it was at that time. They've been struggling and so have we. We both have bounced back and now we have two good teams like we used to have back in the day."
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