Alex Smith was never a Raider. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has played the team only twice in eight-plus seasons yet he’s as familiar with the Raiders as any team after spending so much time across the Bay.

Smith spent eight tumultuous years with the San Francisco 49ers before being traded to Kansas City in the offseason adding dimensions to this AFC West matchup.

Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium is both a pivotal division game and a chance for Smith to play in front of Bay Area fans.

“I’m excited for this. I’ve played a lot of football in the Bay Area pretty close to Oakland” Smith said. “I’m familiar with them after being in the area so long. I’m excited about it. I’m pumped.”

We all know about Smith’s unceremonious exit that he lost a starting job to young Colin Kaepernick during a Super Bowl run and was deemed expendable enough to ship out of town.

Smith has taken the high road in regards to how he was cast off but satisfaction can be gleaned from the Chiefs' 5-0 start.