Rival Chiefs set for last visit to Oakland

One of the classic rivalries spawned by the 1960 formation of the American Football League will be losing one of its treasured homes after this season.With the Oakland Raiders expected to move to Las Vegas in 2020, a little something will be lost from television clips of yesteryear against the Kansas City Chiefs.”It was back during the Len Dawson era, when football was on in black and white,” said Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, referencing the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl IV. “So that’s a long history of the rivalry. It used to be called ‘hate week.’ I don’t think we should push it that far, but we know what we got coming.”Add that extra motivational nugget to a Sunday matchup that finds the longtime AFC West rivals squaring off in Oakland, Calif.Each triumphed in their openers. The Raiders even got a leg up in the division by overcoming the release of troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown to trip the Denver Broncos on Monday night.The win enabled Oakland coach Jon Gruden to share a perspective that still sounds rather implausible.”We haven’t had any distractions this year, really,” Gruden said Wednesday.Can the Chiefs provide one? Well, they have won eight of their last nine against the Raiders, which factors into the 21 wins Kansas City has recorded in its past 23 division matchups.Looking for a fourth consecutive AFC West title behind reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs exude supreme confidence. Enough that coach Andy Reid did not make much out of what could be the franchise’s last trip to Oakland.”The bathrooms flooded last year, won’t miss that,” Reid said.Neither the Chiefs nor the remainder of the NFL got to face Brown in silver and black, as the wideout’s bizarre Steelers-Raiders-Patriots saga continues.

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