Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs: This Is Not a “Meaningless” Game

December 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Raiders and the Chiefs have both seen how fates played out. The Raiders, improved from five wins last year to seven this season, were alive for a playoff berth until Kansas City ripped the Titans a new one.
Meanwhile the Chiefs, who finished last year with an outburst, went out and reassembled a coaching staff in similar format to the New England Patriots.
Most pundits will claim Sunday's game between the Raiders and Chiefs is meaningless, as both clubs have their respective futures settled. The Raiders are looking at another offseason without the playoffs, while the Chiefs are in, but it's anyone's guess if that will be a No. 3 or No. 4 seed.
But by any stretch of the imagination, this game does give the Raiders something to play for.
First and foremost, it is the chance to finish at .500. The last few seasons, dating back to 2002, very little has gone right in Oakland. Draft pick mistakes, blackouts, even the economy has dulled the league's perspective of...

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