Raiders LB K.J. Wright Gets Brutally Honest About His Team’s Ridiculously Foolish Pregame Huddle vs. The Chiefs: ‘I Would Have Been Upset Too if I Was Them’

Week 14 was a significant one for the Las Vegas Raiders. They were on the outside looking in when it came to the AFC Wild Card picture and desperately needed a big road win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs had been surging the past few weeks, so it certainly wouldn’t be an easy afternoon for the Raiders. To generate some extra hype for the matchup, the Las Vegas locker room opted toward a rather disrespectful pregame routine.

In an attempt to get themselves pumped up, the Raiders decided to hold a brief pregame huddle smack in the middle of Arrowhead Stadium, right on the Chiefs’ logo. They were showered with boos by the home crowd and promptly began the game in embarrassing fashion.

The Chiefs scored on the game’s first drive and lept out to a 35-0 lead by halftime. Clearly, the Raiders’ attempt at giving themselves an edge did not work. In fact, one can reasonably argue it fired up the Chiefs more than anything. Week 14 was the best the Kansas City offense and defense have collectively looked all year long. They looked the part of a team capable of making another run at the Super Bowl.

After the loss, media pundits, fans, and Chiefs players took to Twitter to mock Las Vegas for the disrespectful pregame antics. It was an embarrassing afternoon for the Raiders on and off the field, one that the team’s players weren’t thrilled about.

Raiders LB K.J. Wright admits the huddle was foolish

Raiders LB K.J. Wright.
K.J. Wright | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

After the loss, several Raiders players were asked about the intent and outcome of their pregame huddle. Veteran linebacker K.J. Wright offered a brutally honest opinion on the matter, admitting it wasn’t a good idea, all things considered.

“I would have been upset, too, if I was them,” Wright said. “Anybody that comes there and do that? And they definitely came out and responded to their anger, and we couldn’t hold up. It was spur of the moment. One guy said, ‘Let’s go,’ and we all got to ride together. We all went out there together. We did it as a team and just gave them a little more motivation than we needed to give them.”

The Raiders obviously weren’t trying to rile up the Chiefs. However, Wright acknowledges it wasn’t the best of ideas in hindsight. They pissed off Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on their home turf, prompting the blowout.

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Entering the AFC West showdown, the Raiders had a genuine shot at establishing themselves as serious players in the AFC Wild Card picture. Instead, they lost another crucial game in the standings and are now facing a major uphill battle the rest of the season.

At 6-7, the Raiders are currently the No. 12 seed in the AFC. The possibility of them surpassing seven teams in the standings by the season’s end is incredibly slim.

If anything, the Raiders learned a valuable lesson this weekend — no more pregame speeches on opposing team’s logos.

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