Annihilation at Arrowhead: Oakland Raiders Dominated the Kansas City Chiefs

Shannon HollenbeckContributor IJanuary 3, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders passes during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on January 2, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It would have been nice to celebrate the first season after the renovations by going undefeated at home. I'll tell you it smarts more than a little that our first loss in the new Arrowhead had to come against our most bitter rival. However we feel about that we can't change the facts. We also can't say it was because the Chiefs played badly.

Oakland won that game totally on their own performance. They didn't even give Kansas City a chance to help or hinder them. Really, I'm not sure Kansas City even needed to take the field.

I love my Chiefs, good or bad, for better or for worse, and nothing will ever change that. So it was heart breaking to watch them get stopped in every phase of the game. I took the loss rather well, especially with my Raiders fan fiance sitting across from me yelling "Yeah!!". Bless his heart, he didn't rub it in and I don't begrudge him enjoying the victory.

We could have let Matt Cassel have a rest because the poor guy had no chance anyway. To his credit, he was a trooper and "took his medicine" with more class than a couple of big name quarterbacks I can think of.

I think if the Raiders can neutralize the line like that, we have some work to do. The Chiefs have undoubtedly improved from last year, but not enough. The best defense in the league shouldn't be able to reach your quarterback that often. Yesterday, the Oakland Raiders defense looked like the best in the league next to Kansas City's offensive line.

Say what you will, but I am going to be blunt. I see another one and out finish for us. Of course, I have thought that was a probability all season (assuming we made it this far). That's as much due to our history as the performance of the 2010 Chiefs. We Chiefs fans know the drill all too well and seeing is believing.

Let's not let it get us down, though. We went from worst to first in the AFC West. Whatever the reason, we got here. Easy schedule or not, we did what it took to get to the postseason, and how many people predicted that after last year?

It's time to focus on how far we've come. If we go any further, it will just be icing on the cake.