In Oakland, the Raiders have decided that being so-so won't cut it anymore. They see what everyone else sees in the AFC West - this division is up for grabs. They've sold the future again in hopes of getting back to the playoffs.
Based on their recent acquisitions, they appear to be on that fast track.
With the addition of Palmer, who was needed because of the season-ending injury to Jason Campbell, suddenly Oakland has a top-flight signal caller that can help the team claim their old Silver and Black form.
While Palmer has not snapped a ball in 10 months, he's an upgrade over Campbell and journeyman backup Kyle Boller. That alone makes the Raiders that much better.
The Raiders already possess the premier defensive line in all of football. Now with Curry in the fold, they have a trio of fast linebackers mixed with a solid secondary.
With the addition of Palmer, all Oakland's defense has to do is control the tempo, create a few three and outs and win the battle of field position.
When the Chiefs invade the Coliseum Sunday, they'll be facing a team that a week ago was dead in the water after losing their starting quarterback, but is now rejuvenated after taking the risks to "just win, baby."
That doesn't mean the Chiefs can't win Sunday, but it won't be as easy as it would have been.
However, that's not the issue right now. Kansas City not only should have traded for Curry, they should have drafted him instead of picking Tyson Jackson in the 2009 draft.
Curry would have been the perfect complement alongside Derrick Johnson. Had he joined the Chiefs and blended with Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Houstin, it would have re-shaped KC's entire defense.
With the trade deadline passed, we now know what we have in Kansas City. The Chiefs are going to win or lose games based on the play of their quarterback, Matt Cassel.
So as mighty a task as it is for the Chiefs to overcome the aggressive moves of their most hated division rival, they still control their own fate if they can defeat the Raiders on Sunday.
And that's the great thing about the NFL. Because on paper the Raiders are better than the Chiefs in every category, from their aggressive nature in the front office to the way they prepare their players for game days and right down to the way in which they run their offense and defense.
But even with all of that, the best quarterback on the field will be wearing red. He's the only one who can overcome the deficiencies that have plagued this team since the first day of training camp.
If he can do that, the glory the Raiders are feeling after consecutive wins and big trades will fade and everyone will be talking about Kansas City's ability to overcome a devastating 0-3 start.
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