Despite how you may personally feel about him, Andy Reid is one of the Top Ten coaches in the NFL since the turn of the century. After things fell apart in Philadelphia after a very successful run with the Eagles where they were always a contender in the NFC East, making multiple NFL Championship Games and one Super Bowl with T.O., Andy Reid now has Kansas City running in high gear with the Chiefs still undefeated after September. Riding one of their best starts in the team’s NFL history, Reid and the Chiefs are feeling good heading into what they call “Raiders Week” down at Arrowhead Stadium.
Reid, who knows a thing or two about rivalries from his battles with the Giants (and the Cowboys/Redskins) in the NFC East, has been pumping up what is a big game for both their opponents in the Oakland Raiders and for the Chiefs who are still on pace with the also undefeated Broncos atop of the AFC West.
The Raiders are one of Kansas City’s biggest rivals, if not the biggest, and Oakland is riding high after their upset win over the San Diego Chargers at home on Sunday night, making this game that much more interesting Sunday morning. Head coach Andy Reid had a lot to say about the rivalry according to KCChiefs.com:
It is Raider week. I’m all about rivalries, I get it. It’s exciting. I know our fans are going to be crazy, I know that. Our players are going to be fired up for it. These are special in the National Football League, these types of rivalries they get your juices flowing and gets them flowing early. The black and silver, if anybody is wearing it, be careful.”
Reid went on to talk about preparation for the game and knows that with the stakes high that his Chiefs players will be ready.
They know. They’re aware of it. They understand that. I’m not into all that kind of stuff, but you know when you’re playing a rival, and it’s an AFC West team, so that’s very important, too. Not that they all aren’t, but those become very important games. The fellas, they realize that.”
Oakland is riding a lengthy winning streak at Arrowhead that the Raider Nation will quickly remind you about. Sunday will be a challenge for both teams in a game that will go a long way in defining both the seasons of the Raiders and the Chiefs. Andy Reid knows that he has the favorites in his corner, but he also knows that losing to the Raiders will dampen the excitement he and new quarterback Alex Smith have built since coming to Kansas City during the offseason. The stakes will be high at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and Reid has no problem in acknowledging that these teams don’t, and will never like each other.