OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Javier Arenas #21 of the Kansas City Chiefs scores a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs won 28-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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So after the Chiefs lost the season opener 41-7 to Buffalo, Haley asked team video director Pat Brazil to see whether he could procure the Steelers' 1989 highlight video from NFL Films. Haley didn't show it to the team after one game because he never imagined week two would be even worse. But it was, a 48-3 loss at Detroit.
Time to cue the video. On the Wednesday before the Chiefs began preparations for a week-three trip to San Diego, they watched the 17-minute, 1989 Steelers season highlights video, complete with NFL Films' symphonic musical score and golden-throat narration of Pittsburgh's march to the playoffs.
I would be a major upset if the NFL does not announce on Wednesday that Johnson is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his 13-tackle, goal-line stand performance. It should be the third such honor of Johnson's career.
If by some long shot chance the league office does not agree, then some sort of Congressional investigation will be necessary. Check out the rest of the AFC defensive players and it's hard to find a performance that matches what he was able to do.
There were Hank Stram's classic battles with Al Davis throughout the 1960's. Ben Davidson threw a cowardly cheap shot on Len Dawson to open the 1970s and an unforgettable bench-clearing brawl ensued. Oakland had its run of excellence in the 1980s. Marty Schottenheimer dominated his way through the 1990s. The last 10 years have been defined by tight ballgames.
Every decade seems to have its own theme, but the rivalry always pushes forward. All 105 games and counting.
Sunday's win in Oakland brought back plenty of the past.
The Chiefs' goal-line stand at Oakland took 10 men and, in the words of Chiefs coach Todd Haley, one missile, to keep the Raiders out of the end zone on Sunday.
That missile was inside linebacker Derrick Johnson, who was credited with stops on three of the four downs inside the Chiefs 5, including dropping Michael Bush for no gain from the 1 on fourth down.
Punter Dustin Colquitt averaged 52.6 yards and 47.0 yards net, both season highs, and planted three inside the 20.
Kicker Ryan Succop boomed four touchbacks against one of the league's most dangerous return men, Jacoby Ford, who returned one kickoff for 6 yards.
After the Kansas City Chiefs came back from 17 down to notch their first-ever win in Indianapolis two weeks ago, Head Coach Todd Haley declared to the world (or, at least, to a glaringly lit room full of sports reporters) that he would ne'er desecrate his symbol of manhood so long as his team continued to reap victories on the football field. "As long as we're winnin', I'm not shavin'," he said of his decision, supposedly made during the game in San Diego.
I'll be honest-I didn't really believe Haley at the time; it seemed like this could be another one of his, you know, jokes.* But when he emerged before Sunday's game against the Raiders, it was clear: the man ain't shavin'.