Kansas City, Mo. — The fortunes of football are frowning once again on Kansas City.
In their last game, they caught Philadelphia still smarting from a 13-3 loss to underdog Washington. So the Eagles came to Kansas City on a Thursday night and completely dominated their hosts, 23-10, admittedly satisfied to have made up for their previous poor game.
Now the Chiefs are headed for Oakland just as the Raiders come off a 34-31 overtime loss to the huge underdog Arizona Cardinals.
Catching teams, especially good teams, under such circumstance is not what Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil prefers.
"I'd rather have them feeling very good about themselves, practicing with a smile on their face and Al Davis not mad at them, and Jon Gruden not mad at them," he said.
"As I just told the squad, Arizona prevented us from sneaking up on them."
The loss to the Cardinals was probably even harder to take since the Raiders rallied to send the game into overtime only to give it away on a specials teams error.
"The Raiders are trying to prepare to be world champions," Vermeil said. "We have to go to that level if we're going to play successfully."
The players are hoping the loss to Arizona won't further energize the leader of the division which beat the Chiefs, 27-24, in Kansas City on Sept. 9.
"I think they're going to be ready to go play anyway with the rivalry we have," said cornerback William Bartee. Since they lost to Arizona, a losing team, they're going to be even more motivated."