The Oakland Raiders snapped a six game losing streak with an inspired defensive effort and commitment to the running game, shutting out AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs 15-0. It is the Raiders first shutout in nearly 10 years, which also came against the Chiefs. Oakland moves to 4-10 on the year with the season sweep of Kansas City, who drops to 2-12.
From the start of the game the Raiders defense came out with tremendous effort. On the Chiefs' first six offensive possessions, the Oakland defense forced five three and outs and cornerback Joselio Hanson intercepted a Brady Quinn pass. The Raiders did not allow a first down in the first half and gave up just 17 total yards.
Offensively, the Raiders had a similar game plan this Sunday as they did in their first meeting victory against the Chiefs. Oakland rushed 45 times for a season high 203 yards. Darren McFadden set the pace with 30 rushes for 110 yards and Mike Goodson chipped in with 13 carries for 89 yards. The only criticism for the Raiders is their continuous inability to score touchdowns on red zone opportunities. In their two red zone appearances, the Raiders settled for Sebastian Janikowski field goals. He was the only scorer in the game successfully knocking in five out of six attempts from 20, 50, 57, 30, and 41 yards.
Quarterback Carson Palmer managed the game effectively completing 18-29 for 182 yards and most importantly no turnovers. Third string quarterback Terrelle Pryor made is much anticipated season debut, playing one series. He handed the ball off on first and second down, then threw his first NFL pass incomplete on third down.
In the two meetings with the Chiefs this season, the Raiders have held running back Jamaal Charles to 14 yards on 14 carries. The defense held the Chiefs to just 119 yards in the game. They pressured Quinn all game, sacking him four times. Linebacker Philip Wheeler and defensive lineman Tommy Kelly, Desmond Bryant, and Andre Carter all had a sack. Oakland held the Chiefs to only 1-12 on third down and stopped Kansas City on three fourth down situations.
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