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Chiefs-Raiders rivalry still holds meaning for players

The Oakland Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in a game meaningless to the NFL standings, but in a rivalry that still holds weight.

Jamie Squire

It's been a long time since the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders met in a meaningful late-season game, but that doesn't mean one of the NFL's oldest rivalries isn't meaningful. Just ask the players.

Both the Chiefs (2-11) and Raiders (3-10) are among the worst teams in the NFL in 2012 and both are in contention for the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. But based on comments by some of the Chiefs players in Monday's press conference, don't expect either team to tank. Brendan Albert said both teams are too prideful for that.

"You know, both teams are probably in a similar situation," Albert said. "But both teams are prideful and both teams are being coached by good coaches and our coaches aren't going to let us give up and their coaches aren't either."

Eric Winston said Raiders-Chiefs is still one of the NFL's top rivalries.

"Sure. I think Steelers-Ravens, the NFC East rivalries are great," Winston said. "When I was in Houston, the Houston and Tennessee games for obvious reasons were good. Oakland-Kansas City is something that's been around for a long, long time. It's pretty special, I think it's special to everyone in this building. I know it's special to everyone out there in Oakland. It will be another hard game. I think one thing when you think of Oakland, you think tough, physical team."

The Chiefs and Raiders kick off at 3:25 p.m. CT on Sunday. The game will be televised by CBS.