I still hear most of the media give the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers credit for having the nastiest rivalry. But in a previously written article, I explained why that distinction belongs to the Broncos and Raiders.
It takes more that just a decade to build the nastiest rivalry and it can't be so one sided. Despite Sunday's blowout win by the Ravens, Pittsburgh has dominated Baltimore and won all the games that mattered.
If you were able to catch the game Monday night with the Broncos and Raiders, you saw what a real rivalry is. While both teams have knocked each other out of the playoffs over the years, the rivalry is deeper than that.
Neither the Broncos or Raiders have been playoff contenders lately but you can't tell by watching the two teams play each other. No matter how good or bad either team is, it's usually a great game because they bring out the best and worst in each other.
That's what rivals do.
Monday night was just another display of how deep the rivalry is.
Turn the page to see how deep.