Oakland Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs: Connections, Reflections and Projections

Damali Binta – Feb 22, 2012

Stanford Routt has been making the news because of his decision to join the Kansas City Chiefs. Let's just say he was cut from the Raiders and his addition to the rival team will add fuel to the fire that heats up the rivalry between the Raiders and the Chiefs.

There have been many connections between the Chiefs and the Raiders. In 1999, Rich Gannon left Kansas City and became an Oakland Raider. In 2000, Andre Rison went to Oakland after leaving Kansas City.

Tom Flores, one of my favorite coaches, left Kansas City and eventually became the head coach for the Oakland Raiders.

Albert Lewis and Harvey Williams went to the Raiders in 1994.

It looks like the direction of the flow of swapping players has been from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Oakland Raiders in the selected examples.

Now, let's look at the reflections. The teams have mirrored each other through the years.

When you look at the two largest victories, you see a pattern that is somewhat like a reflection. The scores are almost identical except for a shift by one and a reversal of outcome.

Kansas City 42, Oakland 7
Oakland 41, Kansas City 6

The Super Bowl Championship data shows:

Kansas City 1 1969
Oakland 3 1976, 1980, 1983

AFL Championship data:

Kansas City, 3 1962, 1966, 1969
Oakland, 1 1967

In 2010 and 2011, Oakland looked good with the following data:

Nov. 7, 2010 Oakland 23-20
Jan. 2, 2011 Oakland 31-10
Oct. 23, 2011 Kansas City 26-10
Dec. 24, 2011 Oakland 16-13

Kansas City probably wanted to get an advantage over the Oakland Raiders by selecting Stanford Routt. It was a good deal for them.

The Raider Nation, however, wants to keep the winning pattern that we have had during the recent encounters with Kansas City. Of the four most recent games, the Oakland Raiders have won 75 percent of them. Of course, we do not want a reversal of this outcome in 2012. We hope for a winning streak.

One thing is clear: there are connections and a few reflections when you compare the fierce rivalry between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our projection is that the Oakland Raiders will expand the winning streak (in 2012) against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Source: (1) Wikipedia (2) Pro Football Reference

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