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THE NEW CHIEFS ARE AN OLD STORY
September 09, 1963
The League Champion Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City, changed their name to the Chiefs and will lose nothing in the move, not even their AFL championship. Facing them in the playoff game will be the Buffalo Bills, who finally have the quarterback ( Jack Kemp ) they need to drive their tough veterans and choice rookies to the Bills' first Eastern Division title. Neither team, however, will have an easy road to the championship game. In the Western Division, injuries shattered San Diego last year, but if the Chargers manage to stay in one piece in 1963 they are nearly the equal of the Chiefs. The Denver Broncos, the most improved team in the West, could spoil everything for the front-runners if either lets down. Frustrated Eastern Division teams settled for scraps the past three years while the cocky and underrated Houston Oilers gobbled up titles. The Oilers are still cocky and even stronger, but this year, at last, they will have to settle for second best. The Boston Patriots, despite last season s surprising run, are stuck with most of their old problems and several new ones. They will finish a strong third in the East.
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September 09, 1963

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OAKLAND RAIDERS
The Oakland Raiders' new coach and general manager, Al Davis (below), is young, bright, handsome and has recently inherited a small fortune. He has, in fact, everything going for him but a respectable football team. "Gentlemen," Davis told his staff the day he took over, "we have work to do." He was right. The Raiders have only a handful of qualified pros, and the team did not gain much in the draft. Needing a first-rate linebacker to help out Bob Dougherty, Davis traded for Buffalo's Arch Matsos, a fast man who is happiest when demolishing opposing backs. Davis then convinced the New York Jets' fine end, Art Powell, that if he was going to play for a loser, he might as well do it nearer home ( San Diego). Last year Powell led all AFL receivers in yardage gained. The Raiders also have the league's best center in Jim Otto, plus Clen Daniels, who can run with the ball. Oakland will not move much, however, unless Quarterback Tom Flores, a fine passer who sat out last season with a respiratory ailment, comes back strong. Flo-res is second-string to Cotton Davidson at the moment, but he should take over soon. The defensive line has 280-pound Chuck McMurtry, an exceptional tackle, and that is about all. Davis will have to console himself this season with pleasant thoughts of a lavish new stadium Oakland is planning for his team to play in and a couple of games with the Boston Patriots, the team the Raiders beat on the last day of the 1962 season to end a 19-game losing streak.

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