Raiders shut out Chiefs 2nd time ever, 15-0

The defense dominated, the running game clicked and the Oakland
Raiders finally ended up on the winning end for the first time in
seven weeks.

If only the Raiders could play the Kansas City Chiefs more
often.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals, Darren McFadden
rushed for 110 yards and the Raiders shut out Kansas City for the
second time ever, beating the Chiefs 15-0 on Sunday.

”It’s extremely hard to shut anybody out. It doesn’t matter who
they are. That’s an accomplishment that we take great pride in,”
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. ”I think it’s huge. Our guys
needed something where they get a little bit of confidence.”

The Raiders (4-10) overwhelmed the undermanned Chiefs (2-12) to
snap a six-game losing streak. Sandwiched around those losses are
two wins over Kansas City, a rare bright spot in this disappointing
season in Oakland.

There has been little to cheer for this season for the Chiefs,
who have lost 10 of 11 games and are tied for the second-most
losses in franchise history behind a 2-14 mark in 2008. Kansas
City’s only win since September came the day after linebacker Javon
Belcher killed his girlfriend before committing suicide at the
team’s practice facility.

”Offensively we couldn’t get much done at all,” coach Romeo
Crennel said. ”Couldn’t run the ball, couldn’t throw the ball, got
into the red zone and couldn’t get any points. Defensively we tried
to hang in there but we missed too many tackles and on third down
we were unable to get off the field and allowed them to keep drives
alive and end up with field goals.”

About the only bright spot from this loss is it kept Kansas City
in the running for the No. 1 overall draft pick. The Chiefs and
Jaguars are tied with the worst record in the NFL with two weeks
remaining.

This matchup between two old AFL rivals lacked the meaning many
of the past meetings had with both teams entering the game with at
least 10 losses for the first time ever.

The quality of play matched the poor records for much of the day
as the Chiefs took nearly 40 minutes to earn their initial first
down of the game and the Raiders failed to reach the end zone.

But strong running by McFadden and Mike Goodson giving the
Raiders a season-high 203 yards rushing, Carson Palmer playing
turnover-free for the first time since September and the Raiders
dominating defensively, Oakland came out on top.

”It just feels great to be able to go out there and run the
ball the way we did,” McFadden said. ”We did a great job running
and the offensive line did a great job. Just a good all-around game
for us.”

The Raiders held Jamaal Charles to 10 yards rushing on nine
carries, giving him 14 yards on 14 carries in two games against
Oakland this season. Brady Quinn was 18 for 32 for 136 yards and an
interception as he missed injured receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Kansas City’s best play was a 42-yard run by Charles that got
called back by a holding penalty on guard Joe Asamoah.

”That was kind of how the day went,” Quinn said. ”We’d have a
big play like that and a penalty. A guy wide open and a dropped
ball or I wouldn’t be able to have time to throw it. We just
weren’t able to sustain any sort of consistency the entire
day.”

The Chiefs finally got a first down with just more than five
minutes remaining in the third quarter when Dexter McCluster fought
for 8 yards on a catch on third-and-6. Two penalties by Oakland
gave Kansas City 42 yards and helped set up the Chiefs with
first-and-goal from the 9. But the drive stalled when Charles was
tackled at the 8 by Matt Giordano after a short catch on fourth
down.

Kansas City also failed to capitalize on a fumble by McFadden
that Justin Houston recovered at the Oakland 18. An offensive pass
interference and four straight incompletions by Quinn gave the ball
back to the Raiders and helped seal the shutout.

The last time the Raiders recorded a shutout came in the 2002
regular season finale when they beat Kansas City 24-0. That was
also the only other time they shutout the Chiefs in this long
rivalry.

”We had a rough season, and it was our last home game, so we
wanted to go out there and prove to our fans that we’re still
playing with heart and passion, we’re still giving it everything
we’ve got,” safety Tyvon Branch said. ”So this was one of those
games, it was like a fan appreciation game.”

The fans even got to see third quarterback Terrelle Pryor for
the first time all season. He entered to cheers on the first series
of the second quarter. The former Ohio State star player handed off
on his first two plays and threw an incompletion on third down
before Palmer returned to the game.

”It’s a steppingstone, a step,” Pryor said. ”I enjoyed the
four plays or whatever it was. It’s a stepping stone, and I was
excited to get in there at least.”

NOTES: Kansas City was held scoreless for the first time since
Dec. 12, 2010, at San Diego. … The Raiders won a game without a
TD for the first time since a 15-13 win against San Diego in 2000.
… The 119 yards allowed by the Raiders are the fewest since they
gave up 93 to the Chargers in a 6-0 win in 1975.