Oakland Raiders: Ranking Their Five Biggest Rivals

September 23, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) runs with the ball after making a catch in front of Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Steelers 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

For the past ten years, the Oakland Raiders, to say the least, have been downtrodden.

This is no longer opinion, but fact. Before that?  Different story.

Before the Raiders were destroyed by Tampa Bay in January 2003 by their former coach, they were one of the most successful teams in the NFL.  In fact, that particular Super Bowl made them the only NFL team to make an appearance in the game in FOUR different decades.  Commitment to excellence was a well-deserved mantra; though certain teams may have more rings, the Raiders were consistent contenders.

You can think of them like the Peyton Manning-led Colts over a span of about 40 years — probably didn’t win as many championships as they should have, but they were always a threat.

And, as a result?  Every team hated them.  On more than one occasion, I’ve come across a list of NFL rivalries where “Raiders vs. Everyone” was on it.

And while that’s a mostly true statement, a few teams stood above the rest in terms of hatred, earning the hate of the Raider Nation as well.  Who are their biggest foes?

Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson (25) breaks a tackle and runs for a gain against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

5) Kansas City Chiefs

Though this is a pretty fierce division rivalry, it has certainly faded in recent times.  Due to the lack of contemporary success by both franchises, it has lost a lot of its luster.  No doubt, though, these two teams were the top dogs when the AFL came to fruition, were the AFL’s first two representatives in the big game, and both suffered defeat at the hands of Vince Lombardi’s Packers.

4) Pittsburgh Steelers

Another classic rivalry. Most of the hate developed in the 1970s when the Steelers acted as a constant thorn in the side of the Raiders.  An exclamation point was placed on the vitriol when the two met in the 1972 Divisional Playoffs.  The Raiders were up 7-6 when a illegal fluke play occurred that allowed Franco Harris to score the game-winning touchdown, and be forever associated with the “Immaculate Reception.”

Oakland finally broke through in 1976 when the defeated the Steelers in the AFC Championship 24-7 and went on to win their first Super Bowl.  This meant so much to the late Al Davis that the score of the game was put on their championship rings.

3) San Diego Chargers

Given the pretty abhorrent history of the Chargers, this rivalry is much more recent.  But, the hate developed quickly within the Raider Nation, watching guys like LaDainian Tomlinson and Phillip Rivers run roughshod all over the team these past ten years.

Plus, San Diegans love to talk incessantly about San Diego and how the Mexican food is SO MUCH better down there.  Whatever.

Additionally, this is the closest thing we have in the NFL to a NorCal-SoCal rivalry, which is a nice added dimension.

2)San Francisco 49ers

August 20, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders center Samson Satele (64) blocks against San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald (left) during the second quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Raiders 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The only non-conference rival of the Raiders, the Bay Area will never be big enough for these two franchises.

Considering how little they play, there is an incredible amount of disgust the Raider Nation holds for the team across the Bay (and, in 2014, down south).

The proximity is the driving force behind this struggle for Bay Area supremacy, and with the Niners having both more Super Bowl rings and appearances, along with a better chance of making it back in the near future, they have the edge.  Of course, this fuels the rage of the Raider Nation.

1) Denver Broncos

This is one of the best rivalries in sports, as these two play twice a year, and many times has it been for the AFC West crown.  When one is doing well and the other poorly, the team doing poorly will often play spoiler.

Plus, the Raider Nation always makes a strong appearance when the game is in Denver, giving Bronco fans more reason to despise the Silver and Black.

The Raiders owned them until quarterback John Elway finally won two rings at the tail-end of his career.  Now, he’s the executive VP of football operations for the Broncos, making him the ultimate face of the franchise.  Which fits, since he looks like a horse.

Topics: Al Davis, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

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  • Alter Ego

    The Raiders are past tense as far as rivalries go – you have to be competitive to have that. Still…you can’t measure hate – I hate the Raiders. I look forward to the sacrificial blood bath every year anyway.

    • Dean Thomas

      Get ready, we’re coming back! Newsflash: Al passed away.

  • Dean Thomas

    I would take the 49ers out and put the Patriots in ever since the “tuck rule” game. Raider Nation hates Tom Brady, we just don’t give a shit about the Niners.

    • NativeSanDiegan

      You can add your AFL compatriots (where, in fact, your late owner, GM, & Head Coach got his start) to that list of Patriot Haters and Donkey Haters. How do those 2 teams get away with so much OL cheating (maybe they learned it from you). I like to hearken back to the AFL’s inception for the deep down rivalries and a bit later when you had Art Powell, we had Lance Alworth; we had Ernie Ladd, you had Ben Davidson, etc. Every rivalry you listed (except your friends across the bay) started in the early AFL days. Well, the Donkeys were there but not so good at first. Chargers-Raiders was always the best with so many story lines. Now you need to Improve so that you have any rivals at all (except for the first pick in the draft. Your first overall pick of your big thrower from LSU even made our second overall pick of Ryan Leaf look good. LOSERS

      • NativeSanDiegan

        BTW, I would put the Patriots near the top ever since Jack Tatum paralyzed Stingley on an extremely overthrown ball in which Tatum’s only intention was obviously to seriously injure Stingley. Like when Lester (the molestor) Hayes tried to wrap the Chargers’ John Jefferson around the goal post at the back of the endzone after being burned yet again. LOSERS

        • Glenn

          Native. Tell us about all those SB trophies again. We love those stories! Fairy Tails in Blue!

          • NativeSanDiegan

            You’re living in the past Glenn. ANCIENT HISTORY

          • Bubba W

            But history none the less!

  • tubbs45

    Good point about rivals in SD. It comes down to Mexican food. That is the root of all great rivalries in football, fans discussion of food and the city…

  • Greg Morain

    Sort of explains why Elway is often asked: “So, John, why the long face?”

  • Glenn

    Dean, I am with ya on the Faketriots. Native, really? Stingley? Douche! Paul, just hate away, we love it. The Raiders WILL be back. You sound like a Chargirls fan. Your mangina must be wore out from all that pounding.

    • NativeSanDiegan

      Yes, Darryl Stingley. Do you remember him? If not then you were probably sucking on something. Actually, even if you do remember it, then with your psychosexual problems I’m sure you were sucking on it. How is it in San Quentin? Do you still have your teeth? Where are you now? Are you classified as criminally insane and in Atascadero, Vacaville, or even Corcoran State Prison? Must be just chummy in there as it’s the origin of the “black hole”. No wonder you are raider faithful; ye of the black hole and long tongue. It gives you a semi-legal outlet for your perversions. Have fun with your tongue in the” black hole-where the sun don’t shine”. Just keep lapping it up. Say hi for the black hole to your good butty Charles Manson. Even if he is 78 he still likes his black hole lap dogs fresh from the raiders faithful. LOSER

      • Glenn

        You really are a tool. I do remember Stingley and the hit was within the rules at the time. There was no intent to injure and Tatum regretted it the rest of his life. Why are you so hung up on man sex? Come out of the closet you powderpuff blue pussy. I would rather be a Raider Fan than a fan of ANY other franchise. Know why? Because real men do wear black.

        • Alter Ego

          Real men wear black? Raider Nation fans are all over the place- you can’t miss them with their black leather and spikes – you can find them at any gay bar in the country. Stop trying to cruise straight men Glenn – Go back to your black hole – someone will shove something up your ass – I promise.

          • Glenn

            Says the Chargirl fan from the safety of his computer. You Internet tough guys are a hoot. As fake as those SB trophies your team has.

          • Alter Ego

            The Chargers are 17 – 5 against the Raiders the last eleven years. That makes us tough guys – that makes you our Biatches that happen to wear make up and leather. Its really a very faggy thing you Raider fans got going. If you ever decide to try the girl thing you will find that Charger girls Rock. Much better than fat sweaty dudes in leather.

          • NativeSanDiegan

            However, (oops! can you understand, I mean can you know the meaning of words with >1 syllable; I mean with 1 or 2 sounds in the same word?). As I was saying, Charger girls would get nauseas at your smell. You couldn’t get close to them. And the gorgeous girls here in Hawaii would vomit in your face if you could get downwind from them and close enough for them to get a whiff of you. Undoubtedly an improvement. You should probably stay with your own kind if you ever come over, like Paul was saying. Mainlanders like you disappear all the time over here. Blame it on a big rogue wave or slip off a cliff or cops just ignore it? Then the ocean just swallows them up. LOSER

          • NativeSanDiegan

            OK, this is all too real. The part about mainlanders disappearing. I apologize for making light of it. About 2 weeks ago a young man “Bo” & his pregnant girlfriend disappeared in an area where you can hike to see the lava flowing into the ocean. They had been warned not to go there nor to take anyone else there by a big bully type of guy with “some Hawaiian blood” who claimed that he owned the entire 90 acre region (because of his Hawaiian blood) & told them they were trespassing on his land. The pregnant girlfriend’s body washed ashore & an autopsy revealed that she’d been strangled. Bo hasn’t been located yet. There is a good article & a fantastic blog at the end of the article. Google “Bo, Hawaii, disappeared” and read the Hawaiitribune-herald article & especially the blog to get a feel for some of what goes on here. Again I apologize, but if enough external pressure can be brought on the situation and threaten tourist $ (money is the only way to actually get something done here), then maybe the entire corruption scandals will be exposed. This situation was weighing heavily on me and was released in my blogging.
            I am serious about the murder of the young woman and her unborn baby. Please read the article. The author and ensuing comments do a much better job of explaining it than I do. Thank you, Native Paul

          • NativeSanDiegan

            Just Whine BABIES!!! LOSERS!!!

          • NativeSanDiegan

            LMAO

          • Bubba W

            And this coming from someone whose avatar is a clown!

        • NativeSanDiegan

          Just speaking to the level of my audience so you could try to understand. LOSER.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

            LOL, you guys are funny. I’m going back to Bolt Beat where people are respectful. I suppose I got what I expected here, just hoping for a little more. And Native, remember, stay classy. :-)

          • NativeSanDiegan

            Thanks for the reminder Cindi. I was attempting to articulate in a manner which Glenn of the black could relate to and I ended up stooping to their level. I do think Paul’s comment on “real men wear black” should be a comment of the week. Please refer Ernie and the rest of the writers to it. I really did LMAO and couldn’t stop laughing. Was very therapeutic for me.

          • NativeSanDiegan

            Don’t read the comments after Ernie’s article quoting a Bay Area blog and NFL.com about the sad state the Traitors qb status is. Unless you really want to read low class from both sides. It has always happened throughout my life that when I need a little reminder it comes from the unlikeliest of places. Thanks again

        • NativeSanDiegan

          Within the rules at the time. Now that’s rich. A ball thrown 15 ft over his head and landing 25 yds downfield. Wasn’t it also a preseason game? Tatum was OBVIOUSLY trying to seriously injure or maim Stingly (who was an up and coming young receiver, therefore a threat to a deranged owner and his “just win Baby” mantra. Launch yourself at a slender receiver’s spine when he’s jumping and stretching out as far as he possibly can and you outweigh him by about 30 lbs of muscle. Stingley, and at least 50 other receivers were significantly faster and smoother than the slow raiders db’s. So the raiders defensive strategy was to injure the opposition. Even you aren’t dumb enough to dispute that. Bill Romanowski admitted it. “Just win babies”. Do anything you want on every play and the refs won’t call it every time. Just win babies. Faster and better young players come into the league and they embarrass you, so you break their legs or tear up their knees to “level the playing field” because they are better than you are. Just win babies. It worked for a few years. But these things always seem to work themselves out, and pretty soon the babies stopped “just winning”. They were getting beaten up and on the scoreboard. They were the “just whine babies” with their deranged owner, dysfunctional organization and deluded faithful. Now you’ve lost your owner and you’re an even more dysfunctional organization with your faithful, deluded fans still stuck in the distant past.
          On the other hand, The CHARGERS are finally living in the present and moving forward into a successful future. We did miss our opportunities to be champions of the league at least twice. In the Dan Fouts, Chuck Muncie era with our dominant defense and offense we were derailed by “minus 35 degree wind chill” on a frozen, windy field in Cincy. In our successful years with LT, Gates, and coached by Marty Shottenheimer we were derailed by a self-centered, stupid and egotistical safety, Marlon McCree, who made what should have been a game-sealing interception. Instead of taking a knee so we could run out the clock, he ran all around the field until the Patriot’s wr (Brown) knocked the ball loose. The rest is history.
          The Chargers did win the League Championship in 1963 by demolishing Buffalo 55-10 (I believe Buffalo may have scored 10).
          Now we are finally moving forward with a farsighted gm and head coach, and just as important-a functional organization that will win the League Championship in the not-too-distant future. good luck in your pit of a black hole-Not Really. Bad fortune to you, you are getting what you deserve. Your deranged owner’s deal with the devil is past due, and now the devil has collected. All of you that are stuck in your black hole, black leather, and black attitude will one day realize that deal with the devil is over. Hopefully you’ll stay true to form and take 20-30 yrs to figure that out. Actually you’ll probably stay as deluded as your deceased owner was deranged and you too will carry that with you to your grave. Only then will the raiders be competitive. LOSERS

  • 1961 Fan

    This (2012) Season the Bolts and Raiders will be battling it out for a claim on the last place in the AFC West. As a Chargers fan my hope is the new regime in San Diego can deliver a second place finish behind the superior Broncos. Perhaps my Bolts will be contenders in three years, however the stench left by former GM A. J. Smith still lingers in his misplaced draft choices.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Last place? No no no. Drink the kool-aid and believe. The Bolts will be battling Peyton Manning and his donkeys for FIRST place, while the faders will be swapping last place with the Chiefs all season.

  • Glenn

    Hey retard, even with your recent win streak, you STILL can’t catch up, have THREE SB trophies and 5 appearances. Now STFU and go play with your Pom poms.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    The Chargers/Raiders rivalry goes back a long way my friend. It is not just because we have superior Mexican food here (well, everything is superior). This is the original West Coast battle. Good vs. Evil, pretty vs. ugly, smart vs. stupid and football players vs. recently released prisoners. Chargers will win the series 2-0 this season and the Raiders will continue to gain nothing more than penalty yards.

    • NativeSanDiegan

      Very well articulated and classy. I need to get outta here before it really affects me

    • Dean Thomas

      U have to do that for another 15 years to try and catch up in the all-time series. The Raiders dominated the Chargeless for decades!

      • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

        I am not going anywhere.

  • 1961 Fan

    Dear Cindi:
    Yes possibly last place; the Bolts will never get close to the Broncos. The only chance the Chargers have is if you hold your wrist* up to the T. V. and put a curse on the other teams when playing the Bolts.

    *Your right wrist with the golden bolt tattooed on it.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      I will do that for sure!!!! Boltup my friend!