Raiders Blank-Out The Chiefs: End Losing Steak
The Oakland Raiders finally came to work ending their six game losing streak. As the team shut out their AFC rival the Kansas City Chiefs for the second time ever, beating the Chiefs 15-0 on Sunday.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked five out of six field goals, Running back Darren McFadden carried the load Sunday afternoon as he rushed for 110 yards on 30 carries and added 39 yards on four receptions to lead the Raiders with the assistance of the explosive change-of-pace back Mike Goodson, who totaled 103 yards on 14 touches.
As the Raiders defense dominated something they weren't able to do all season. The Silver and Black defensive unit forced Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn to throw one interception and prevent them from scoring. The defense also sacked Quinn four times in the game.
"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."
This matchup between two old AFL rivals lacked the any true meaning many of the past battles between the teams since each team entered the game with at least 10 losses for the first time ever.
But for the Raiders it was a confidence builder if anything as running game was strong as the Raiders posted a season-high 203 yards rushing, Carson Palmer played turnover-free for the first time since September and the Raiders dominating defensively, finally capturing their fourth win of the season.