The comparisons become embarrassing, finally. Carroll Dale and Boyd Dowler (17 years between them in the NFL) meet Kent McCloughan and Willie Brown, the Raider corner backs who together muster a meager eight years in the AFL. Adderley and Jeter, with a total of eight years covering the likes of Bob Hayes. Dave Parks, Charley Taylor. Bernie Casey, Raymond Berry and Jimmy Orr, must tend goal on Bill Miller (five undistinguished seasons in the AFL) and Fred Biletnikoff (in his third season). The Raider tight end, Billy Cannon, is a fine football player, but he spent most of his time as a running back before being converted into a tight end.
Well, accept all this. The Packers have the edge in size, experience and performance. The Raiders are still a fine young football team and they played strong games against the clubs they had to beat. However, the New York Jets, with Joe Namath (still a far, far cry from a Bart Starr) passed them silly and even beat them once, but maybe that game was an accident. Against the Packers, they conceivably might produce a super effort and, with smoke pouring from their damp ears, win the game on sheer and super desire.
Against the Packers?
Vincent Lombardi, as everybody knows, invented desire.