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When it comes to rivals of the Broncos, it starts and finishes with the Raiders. Just look at Pat Bowlen’s to-do list.
For the first time in 2020, it’s officially Las Vegas Raiders week.
For me, they are and always will be the No. 1 rival for the Denver Broncos. As I have said on this site multiple times over the years, I’m a born-and-raised Raider Hater.
If you remember, of the three items on Pat Bowlen’s to-do list, one was beat the Raiders. That says it all to me. Aside from the history and significance of this rivalry. I get it, history doesn’t matter to some in Broncos Country. But not until Denver beat the Raiders did it officially arrive in the NFL. The Broncos advanced to their first Super Bowl because of a win over then-Oakland. If you need any more evidence of how much this rivalry matters, listen to former Denver linebacker Tom Jackson talk about it to this day.
The argument from some is the games don’t carry any significance. Horse pucky. The significance comes when these two franchises play each other. To me, this rivalry is no different than the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. Records do not matter. For the more seasoned fans, there was a time if the Broncos won only two games, they better have come against the Raiders.
On the MHR Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and I discussed our mutual hatred of the Raiders and why they’re the top rival for Denver. On a side note, I completely understand those who say there are other rivals. Bigger rivals. Say, the Kanas City Chiefs. I just hate the Raiders with a deep-rooted passion and I get fired up about this subject.
We also discussed the (hopefully) triumphant return of one De’Vante Bausby. Though with the way this relationship is going, he might be cut by the end of the week.