The Chiefs added a little insult to injury following their 48-9 victory over the Raiders on Sunday, trolling the visiting team with a rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus” as Las Vegas exited Arrowhead Stadium.
For those who are confused about how a children’s song could be used to troll an opposing NFL team, look no further than the October 2020 meeting between the Raiders and Chiefs at Arrowhead. Las Vegas paraded its team buses around the stadium following a 40-32 win over Kansas City before departing for the airport.
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It appears the Chiefs never forgot or forgave the Raiders for the move, playing the song as a callback to their troll job last year:
It seems the Raiders’ bus move annoyed Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Co. long before the start of the 2021 season. Prior to the teams’ second meeting in 2020 (which Kansas City won 35-31 in Vegas), Reid seemed irritated about it.
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“They won the game, so they can do anything they want to do,” the Chiefs coach said (via ESPN). “That’s not our style.”
He was later asked if it was difficult to beat a team after having lost the first game of the season series. Reid said no before adding, “I think (the Raiders do) or they wouldn’t have driven the bus around the stadium.”
So count Sunday’s troll job as the final indignity in what was largely a forgettable day for the Raiders. That said, it was Las Vegas that started the comedy of errors before the game even started. The team organized a pregame huddle on the Chiefs’ midfield logo, prompting a chorus of boos from Chiefs faithful in attendance.
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Las Vegas’ tempting of fate did not work out well. Running back Josh Jacobs fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, leading to a scoop-and-score by the Chiefs’ Mike Hughes. It only got worse from there: Derek Carr completed 33 of 45 passes for 263 yards with a touchdown and an interception apiece. Kansas City recovered four fumbles in all and held Las Vegas to 44 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes completed 20 of 24 passes for 258 yards and two scores. Kansas City also rushed 30 times for 132 yards, with running backs Derrick Gore (one) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (two) combining for three touchdowns.
Let that be a lesson: Never taunt the Chiefs, lest they insult you with a classic children’s song.