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Raiders Rain on Chiefs Parade

Kansas City might have won the AFC West but the Oakland Raiders owned the division. Never has a perfect record meant so much yet amounted to so little. Tom Cable can still be proud. His Raiders imposed their will on Chiefs en route to a dominant 31-10 victory to close out the season in Arrowhead.

This was vintage Cable as the Silver and Black bullied the Chiefs all day long.

Once the weakest link in the Oakland chain, the defensive front four dominated today and did so without the services of All-Pro Richard Seymour. Matt Cassel was chased all over Arrowhead as the Raiders registered 7 sacks – 3 by Kamerion Wimbley – and pressured the usually composed Cassel into numerous mistakes.

All that pressure resulted in Cassel putting forth an effort only JaMarcus Russell would admire. The KC QB was a putrid 11 of 33 for 115 yards and 2 picks both of which resulted in two Raider TDs. One was a beautiful read by Michael Huff that setup a Jacoby Ford score the other was a pick six delivered by Stanford Routt.

But the defensive front wasn’t the only headline. The offensive line held their own as well. Without the services of Pro Bowl snub Darren McFadden, Michael Bush punished KC. Bush rolled for 137 yards and one score. His house call came courtesy of Samson Satele and Cooper Carlisle who opened a hole so big Todd Haley’s ego could have walked through it.

Yes, the Chiefs are wearing the crown but it is Oakland that has the bragging rights. Have fun in the postseason, Kansas City. I hope you enjoy that one extra game you get at Arrowhead.

Not a single loss against divisional rivals might not mean much in the grand scheme but it is an amazing accomplishment none the less and something this Raider team should be proud of.  It wasn’t that long ago this franchise couldn’t buy a win in the AFC West. This season, Cable set out to right the ship. While there is still work to be done this season has provided a great springboard.

Now, the ball is in the court of Al Davis. He’s clearly got himself a good head coach in Cable. He finally has the visionary mind necessary to run this offense in Hue Jackson. And he’s got a defensive coordinator with the ability to stay true to Raider tradition while also incorporating some new ideas in John Marshall.

This is not the time to change course. Now is the time to keep this thing rolling. The players love Cable and they’ve already begun to voice their support for him. While the emphasis on dominating the division was executed to perfection, the attention now must shift to taking care of business outside of the division.

That is something that should take place next season and it should be done by Cable. No doubt about it. While Jackson could be getting some serious head coaching consideration elsewhere, his presence is vital for continuing this success next season.

Congrats to the latest edition of the Oakland Raiders!

While 8 wins aren’t much to brag about it has been a breath of fresh air for Raider Nation. Clearly there are issues to be addressed but for now it just feels great to rain on the Chiefs playoff parade.

Credit to Cable and company and respect due to the players. Today’s game illustrated all the things Tom Cable set out to accomplish when he was named head coach and here’s hoping he’ll get the chance to further that next season.


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  • Trey @ Washington

    Hey man, I’m a dedicated Chiefs’ fan from, and I’ve got to say good for you guys. And I’m being completely serious. Our o-line laid an egg, and your front four dominated the game. So congrats on a win guys, I like that the old rivalry is still burning, and I expect a race next year for the division title. Again, congrats on the 6-0 division sweep, that’s no small feat.

  • Mr.T

    It’s been a long time since the Raiders have finsihed with a winning record. 8-8 beats what we’ve been getting the last few years. A perfect 6-0 record in the AFC West division is amazing. Better things should come next year if we don’t make too many changes. It’s nice to see the Chiefs represent the AFC West in the playoffs. Things are returning to normal and I’m looking forward to some great rivalry games next year. No one is taking about them San Diego Chargers now. That’s just the way it was always meant to be. The AFC West has been a Chiefs / Raiders thing for as long as I can remember. Let’s keep it that way. Good luck in the playoffs Kansas City. You earned it.

  • Trey @ Washington

    Thanks Mr. T, it seems the Chiefs and Raiders have been fluking in recent years, and I think that is changing. I’ve always liked the drama of the Chiefs/Raiders rivalry, and it should mean something next year.

  • Chris Shellcroft


    Thanks for the comment! I have to admit, it was great to watch the Raiders and Cheifs play in meaningful games this year. The NFL is better when classic rivals like these are at their best.

    let’s hope we get more of this in the coming years! Good luck in the playoffs and we’ll see you next season.

  • Krem from ny

    I like the maturity in the comments. looks like the old raiders-chiefs rivalry is back. let’s keep it going!!! good luck chiefs in the playoffs you deserve to be in the playoffs because you for the most part dominated at home. We’ll see you next year!!! I actually have a good friend who is a chiefs fan and we’re always at the local sports cheering on our teams. I kinda liaugh wehn people get in fights over sports…at the end of the day its just entertainment ano not worth killing each other for…