Since 2000, the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders have had an incongruous rivalry. The Raiders had a five-game winning streak from January of 2000 through the 2001 season, and currently own a four-game winning streak.
From 2003 through October of 2007, the Chiefs won nine consecutive games in the rivalry. But it came to an end in November when they were trying to stay in the AFC West divisional race.
In Week 12 of the 2007 season, the Chiefs fell to the Raiders. The Raiders not only snapped a six-game losing skid, they also brought an end to their long 17-game losing streak against divisional opponents.
And since then, the Raiders have been victorious at Arrowhead Stadium. In fact, the Raiders and the Chiefs have the same number of wins at Arrowhead Stadium since December of 2011.
With the traditional “Raider Week” hype, the Chiefs only end up losing to the Raiders at home. Since 2003, the Raiders have not won more than eight games in a season. The Raiders aren’t a powerhouse team in the NFL today, yet the Chiefs have no answer for them whenever they visit Arrowhead Stadium.
Is this the year the Chiefs end the deficit?
With Andy Reid as the new head coach, Kansas City has established a new identity. Alex Smith, the most reliable quarterback the Chiefs have had since losing Trent Green, can manage an offense better than anyone the Chiefs had under center since 2007.
Even younger fans are aware of the history between the two franchises and what the rivalry means. Each year, Chiefs fans have left Arrowhead Stadium disappointed after each meeting with Oakland.
With a new team under Reid’s watch, the Chiefs have a better shot than before to beat the Raiders at home. The Raiders are still working on building a team, while the Chiefs are in position to rebound and become serious competitors in the AFC West.
On October 13, the Chiefs will have an opportunity to end Oakland’s six-game winning streak at Arrowhead Stadium. By the time Week 6 arrives, the Chiefs should be viewed as a team capable of beating the Raiders, who aren’t going to be held to high standards.
Below is a list of the six games between the Chiefs and Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium and what went wrong for the Chiefs in each game.
2007, Week 12
Kolby Smith rushed for 150 yards against a poor Raiders run defense. However, Herm Edwards called a timeout and lost another one off a challenge after a failed fourth down conversion, allowing the Raiders to run out the clock with ease.
Raiders win, 20-17
2008, Week 2
After losing both Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard to injury, the Chiefs had Tyler Thigpen as the only available quarterback in the game. Regardless of who was under center for Kansas City, Oakland had no trouble picking up its first win of the season.
Raiders win, 23-8.
2009, Week 2
In Matt Cassel’s debut with the Chiefs, Kansas City dominated in nearly every offensive category. But it wasn’t enough as JaMarcus Russell threw four of his seven total completed passes in the game-winning drive to lift the Raiders over the Chiefs.
Raiders win, 13-10
2010, Week 17
The Chiefs won the AFC West and looked to earn a higher seed in the playoffs. After being tied at 10, the Raiders took control of the game. The Chiefs committed three turnovers, allowing Michael Bush to outrun Jamaal Charles.
Raiders win, 31-10
2011, Week 16
Coming off a shocking win over the Green Bay Packers, the Chiefs still had hope of winning the AFC West. The biggest difference maker was Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour. Seymour blocked one field goal attempt with the score tied at three before halftime, and another before the end of regulation to force overtime. Carson Palmer and the Raiders' offense handled business and stole another win at Arrowhead.
Raiders win, 16-13, OT
2012, Week 8
Charles was rarely seen on the field and Cassel filled in for an injured Brady Quinn. The Chiefs fell behind early and didn’t score a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter, at which point the game was already decided. The Raiders picked up their sixth straight win at Arrowhead Stadium.
Raiders win, 26-16