Derek Carr keeps it real about Raiders-Chiefs rivalry ahead of Week 5
Carr knows Raiders must beat Chiefs to reinforce the rivalry that originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Derek Carr understands that good rivalry in the NFL can't be one-sided. The Raiders have a controversial relationship with all three of their rivals in AFC West, not to mention rivalry with their former neighboring Bay Area franchise in the 49s.
Many would consider this week's opponent, reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, to be one of the Raiders' fiercest rivals. But Kansas City has won each of the last five matchups, four of them in double digits, which leads Carr to question whether the two teams have really been "rivals", at least in recent years.
Since Mahomes took over as chief quarterback, Kansas City has risen to the top of the league and won the Super Bowl a season ago. Mahomes took home the NFL MVP the year before.
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The Raiders have only won one of their last eleven games against the Chiefs, who were silver and black before Mahomes.
Carr has played well to start the franchise's first season in Sin City as the QB has not yet intercepted and completed 73.6 percent of his passes. And just like Mahomes with all-pro Travis Kelce, Carr loves to hunt for the tight end as Darren Waller has 29 catches for 247 yards and a touchdown in four games.
But with painful offensive line injuries and the reception of corps, Carr needs to be at his best, as well as disappointing defense for the Raiders, to take a victory from Mahomes and the high profile Chiefs in Week 5.
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