Kansas City Chiefs Should Put the Raiders in Their Place on Sunday

John BartramCorrespondent IIDecember 31, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a play during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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I think the Kansas City Chiefs should play this game like any other, play every starter and not let up for one minute until it's completely out of reach. 

That, of course, means until there's not a life of football breath left in the Oakland Raiders. 

I'd like to see the Chiefs pulling play-action passes to Dwayne Bowe in the end zone with a four-TD lead and 1:30 left on the clock.

The last time the Raiders had fewer than 11 losses—yes, you read that right, 11—was in 2002.  That's the year they represented the AFC in the Super Bowl, but we won't go into that, for the sake of Raider fans.

If they win on Sunday, they will have an 8-8 record, having swept the AFC West and giving them tremendous confidence and momentum going into next season.

I think it would behoove the Chiefs to keep them in their place at 7-9—it sounds so much better. 

Also, let's face it: at full strength, they have very little chance of beating the Chiefs in a sold out Arrowhead Stadium.

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I think it is good for the Chiefs, the Raiders, the AFC West and all of the NFL and its fans that the rivalry of the Chiefs and Raiders appears to have returned.

All of this could be derailed if the old man who lives in the shoe fires Raiders head coach Tom Cable, replaces him with Herm Edwards, brings back JaMarcus Russell and drafts three wide receivers.  Then it's back to 3-13.  I, however, don't, see that happening. 

With that comes the annoyance of the pain in the ass Raider fans, complete with silver spikes through their brains and little skulls attached to their leather wannabe motorcycle gang jackets.

Why start that cycle of stupidity any sooner than necessary?  Look at the backlash of an OT win in Oakland.  The chest thumping started and the bravado went up a notch when the Chiefs got slapped the following week in Denver.

Of course, following that, Oakland suffered a humbling, total beatdown in Pittsburgh, followed by a laughable thrashing at home by the Dolphins; those losses pretty much shut them up and they've been a dot in the rearview mirror of KC ever since.

Now, to the other side of the coin, the Chiefs have won five of six, with the only loss being the catastrophe in San Diego while Matt Cassel-less.

Beating the Raiders would make them winners of six of seven and the hottest team other than the Patriots going into the playoffs.  It would also make them 8-0 at Arrowhead, a place where no team will look forward to playing.

Cassel, Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, Glenn Dorsey, Brandon Carr and many others are playing extremely well and are in a tremendous groove.

You would love to see them continue, finish the regular season like that and go into the playoffs with that same confidence and momentum.

I'm not real big on worrying about injury.  Cassel can sit on the sideline and have his appendix blow up.  Yes, look at what happened to Wes Welker last year.  It can happen.  It if does, then everyone screams and yells at Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.

What if the Chiefs win 28-7, Cassel throws two TDs, Bowe catches one, and Charles rushes for 125 and breaks Jim Brown's single-season record for yards per carry?

If that's the case, the Chiefs go into the playoffs as the hottest team in the NFL with an excellent chance at maintaining that momentum.

Conversely, if they lose, look at the bright side.  The Chiefs have shown great resiliency all year in coming back from losses, especially bad ones.

As Chief fans, it is required that we loathe the Raiders.  For a while, the Denver Broncos and their fans were making a run at it, but they have dropped into obscurity faster than Tucker Carlson will.

Personally, I think the New York Jets fans are far and away the most obnoxious fans in the entire NFL.  I live in the NY metro area and listen to them all the time.

I'm sure I'll be coming back around to the Raiders soon. 

I say beat the crap out of them and put them in their place.  Besides, who wants to watch a game where the Chiefs don't beat the Raiders?


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