Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers: So Long Oakland and Denver
It seems like it was just three weeks ago that the Raiders were pounding their chests as the greatest team for at least two weeks.
They had a beat-down in Denver, then got by the Chiefs in an over-time game at home.
How quickly we all forget, or care. Now, they are simply the Oakland Raiders. Again.
The Chiefs suffered their worst loss of season in Denver the week following the Oakland loss. That's when the Raider bravado really ratcheted up.
Remember Darren McFadden? Yeah, neither do I. Remember how the Raiders stuffed the Chiefs run game? Well, they did. Jamaal Charles is now second in the NFL in rushing and the Chiefs remain the number one team in rushing.
The Denver bluster was at a brief season high too.
Now, both teams are nothing more than a dot in the review mirror of both the Chiefs and Chargers.
The Broncos never had any valid reason for spouting off about anything. That much is crystal clear now. The Raider fans were so giddy about "being in first place", via a tie breaker that doesn't count until the season is actually over.
The Chargers, however, actually have reason for their strutting. They are doing their annual November and December dance. Phillip Rivers is playing on his own planet. They have a great defense.
Can the Raiders Get Back in the AFC West Race?
The NFL world has already gifted the division to the Chargers. That may well happen.
The Chiefs may well disagree. People have actually starting noticing that the Chiefs can play football, on both sides of the ball, and on both side of offense.
Like all NFL fans, I have to root for a "hated division rival" this weekend. I am not very optimistic. I do not think there is a chance in hell the Raiders can go into San Diego and win. Not with the way the Raiders are playing, and more importantly, with the way the Chargers are playing.
Additionally, I think Denver is going to suffer for the beating they gave the Chiefs three weeks ago.
I trust the people in Vegas. When you go up 35-0, then win by 20 against a team and turn around three weeks later and are a 8.5 point underdog, there is a reason.
The Chiefs will need to beat San Diego in their building to win this division. That's a tall order.
Kansas City can end up with an 11-5 record and be out of the playoffs. I would imagine that would be a bitter pill for Matt Cassel. Twice in three years?
I wrote an article not long ago entitled "Raiders, Time to Put Up or Shut Up". They thought they did. They were wrong.
I didn't need to write it about the Broncos. This week, they can just shut up and take their beating like men.
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