Jon Gruden: Raiders have little time to savor win with rested Chiefs next

Jon Gruden: Raiders have little time to savor win with rested Chiefs next

HENDERSON, Nev. — Jon Gruden’s post-victory media conference after his Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos on Sunday was all of 75 seconds old when he put a damper on things.

Picture downtrodden Chucky with a frown and a wet blanket, rather than maniacal Chucky with a grin and a blade.

“Well, it is satisfying,” Gruden said after dropping 37 points on the Broncos while picking off four passes, racking up two sacks, forcing a fumble and limiting Denver to zero yards in the third quarter of a 37-12 win that improved the Raiders to 6-3, 3-0 in the AFC West.

And yet …

Jon Gruden had pointed his attention to the Sunday night battle with the Chiefs as soon as the Raiders finished off their victory over the Broncos. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

“I’m sure that’s just a coincidence,” a now irritated Gruden said, his tongue pressed firmly in cheek. “You know, I’m sure it’s a coincidence.”

A four-second pregnant pause ensued.

“I don’t think about it,” Gruden continued. “The schedule is the schedule. You’ve got to adapt to it and that’s what we’ll do.”

Consider: in the previous three meetings between the teams that have followed Kansas City’s bye, the Chiefs are 3-0 and have outscored the Raiders by a combined 106-52, or by an average score of 35-17.

Ouch.

The last two such meetings, in 2018 and 2019, have occurred in Week 13, in Oakland and then in Kansas City.

This one, obviously, is different in that it will go down in Las Vegas. And the Raiders are essentially playing with house money, with a win over the Chiefs in hand and an eye on a potential playoff spot.

“Always excited to win,” said Raiders quarterback

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