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.