The successful lap of the Raiders buses irritated Chiefs & # 39; Reid
The Las Vegas Raiders did some sort of winning lap around Arrowhead Stadium in October after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 40-32 for their first win in the rivalry since Jon Gruden returned to coach in 2018. Their team buses circled the stadium en route to Kansas City International Airport for the homeward journey.
When the 8-1 Chiefs began preparing for the rematch against the 6-3 Raiders in Las Vegas on Sunday night, Andy Reid seemed irritated by the winning lap.
"They won the game so they can do whatever they want," said the head coach on Monday. "It's not our style."
Reid was later asked if it was more difficult for a team to play against an opponent for the second time when they won the first game between the teams. Reid said no, then added, "I think they didn't take the bus around the stadium."
Raiders coach Jon Gruden, asked Monday if the winning round on the Arrowhead Stadium bus could be used as bulletin board material this week, said, "Not really. I mean, they have a Smart Aleck in Kansas City -Bus driver Maybe that's why we rounded the stadium to tick him off. You know, that's ridiculous. Next question. "
The Chiefs could go a long way towards winning a fifth straight AFC West Championship by beating the Raiders on Sunday. A win in Las Vegas could mean a close race to the end.
The game is the first since 2016 – when they fought 4-12 for the championship title – in which the teams had so much at stake for both sides. The once bitter rivalry has been dominated by the Chiefs in recent years.
Kansas City is 12-3 against the Raiders since Reid arrived as head coach in 2013 and won five straight wins, four in double digits, prior to the Las Vegas win in October.
"There are two good football teams playing against each other," said Reid. "I don't think either team likes the other as much as they said before."
ESPN's Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.