So what effect, if any, does Alex Smith moving from across San Francisco Bay to the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs have on the Raiders?
As soon as it becomes official on March 12, Smith joins Denver's Peyton Manning and San Diego's Philip RIvers as Raiders antagonists. And while Smith is an upgrade from Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, it's probably the first time Smith's name has been uttered in conjunction with Manning, a Hall of Famer, and Rivers, a four-time Pro Bowler.
Even if Smith is a former No. 1 overall draft pick.
Still, while the Raiders are riding a three-game winning streak against the Chiefs, Smith is unbeaten against the Raiders. Granted, it's a small sample size, but it's a fact.
Smith is 2-0 in his career against the Raiders, beating them 34-20 on Oct. 8, 2006, and 17-9 on Oct. 17, 2010. Both games, it should be noted, were at Candlestick Park, so he has yet to feel the Black Hole on a regular-season Sunday.
That will change in 2013 when he rolls in with Kansas City, a seeming next stop for former 49ers quarterbacks from Joe Montana to Steve Bono to Elvis Grbac.
Against the Raiders, Smith has completed 31 of his 52 pass attempts (59.6 percent) for 361 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. His 104.7 passer rating against Oakland is his highest against any team he's faced at least twice in his eight-year career.