The Chiefs and Raiders have been rivals since before they were in the NFL.
That rivalry has flagged a bit in recent years as each team spent some time kicking around the bottom of the barrel, but their games always carried a little bit of extra juice. Thanks to a player who defected from one side to the other as a free agent this offseason, there might be a little something extra in the air when they renew acquaintances in Week Eight.
Tight end Kevin Boss was on the Raiders last year and signed with the Chiefs to give them more depth at tight end with Tony Moeaki. In an interview with KCSP in Kansas City, via SportsRadioInterviews.com, Boss claimed to know only one thing about the rivalry between the former AFL franchises.
“I was in Oakland for such a short period of time that it wasn’t really something where I really understood the whole Chiefs-Raiders rivalry,” Boss said. “I just know now that I’m on the better side of the rivalry. … It’s been a great transition and it’s really been a blessing in disguise to have been moved on to greener pastures.”
Well, it would seem that Boss could add ways to infuriate the Raiders fan base to the list of things he knows about the rivalry. You really wouldn’t expect Boss to say anything else, although his comments do suggest he legitimately didn’t like his year in Oakland all that much. Assuming Moeaki is healthy, he and Boss should give the Chiefs offense a dimension it was lacking last season.
Whether they do or not, we’re cool with more fanning the flames of the Chiefs-Raiders rivalry. Or any other rivalry, really.