The Oakland Raiders are one of the Denver Broncos’ biggest rivals. That feeling is not reciprocated, though, according to Fox Sports radio host John Tournour, who is better known as J.T. the Brick.
“I say this all the time, with all due respect, even though it’s never taken that way. The Broncos are a rival to the Raiders, but nowhere near the rival that the Raiders are to the Broncos,” Tournour said on the Stokley and Zack Show on Sports Radio 1043 The Fan in Denver, Colo. “If you ask a Broncos, Kansas City [Chiefs], and especially the [Los Angeles] Chargers fans, who’s your biggest rival? They all say the Raiders. If you ask the Raiders [fans] who their biggest rival is, they don’t really go down that road. They don’t have ‘Broncos Week’, they don’t have ‘Kansas City Week’, we don’t do that on the radio. Rivals for the Raiders have been the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Miami Dolphins in the 1970’s. The Raiders kind of are past that.”
While the rivalry isn’t quite as heated as it was during the 1980’s and 1990’s, there is still plenty of hatred between the two teams and the fan bases that support them.
In 2016, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib ripped a chain off Oakland wide receiver Michael Crabtree’s neck; Denver general manager John Elway and Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio had a hostile relationship during their time together with the Broncos; and Denver quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave was replaced as Oakland’s offensive coordinator this offseason after building the Raiders into one of the premier offenses in the league in 2016.
When it comes down to it, this rivalry lost some of its steam when the Raiders went on their 13-year stretch (from 2003-2015) without a winning season. That could be changing, however, now that both teams are back among the AFC’s elite and their matchups actually mean something.
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