Last week former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer talked with 810 WHB's Kevin Kietzmann and said he had a plan for how to beat the Oakland Raiders. Essentially, you let the Raiders beat themselves. Here's what he said:
As a football team there was a philosophy relative to how you beat the Raiders. That was you went into the game with the understanding that the first half would come and go and you would want to stay in the contest but if you stayed the course into the fourth quarter you would find a way to somehow beat them or they'd beat themselves and you'd end up the winner anyway. That's the way they functioned in my view.
The Raiders were begging to lose this game with 15 penalties. It was almost comical how many penalties were called in the game (Chiefs had 12). The Chiefs were one or two plays from this being a story about Marty's Raider philosophy coming to fruition. As much as the Raiders tried, the Chiefs wouldn't let them lose.
There were so many of those What If moments in this game.
What if Dwayne Bowe catches that third down pass with 2:20 left in the game...
What if Jacoby Ford doesn't return a kick for a TD...
What if Jason Campbell doesn't hit Ford on a 47-yard pass in OT...
If any of those What Ifs go the Chiefs way, then they're probably leaving winners. Unfortunately for KC, those plays did happen.
Losing to the Raiders hurts a little bit more than any other teams (save maybe the Denver Broncos). This one will sting for a while especially because there were so many points at which the Chiefs could have closed the game out or put it out of reach for the Raiders.
As a Chiefs fan, the Raider losses always sting a little more because, well, you and I both know the Chiefs are better than the Raiders. I have it singed in my mind that the Chiefs are better than the Raiders and have for my entire life so the loss most definitely doesn't feel right.
The Chiefs will have a chance to rebound when the Raiders come to KC in the regular season finale.