Sunday, December 16, 2012
Wrap-up: Raiders 15, Chiefs 0
By Bill Williamson
A look at an all-AFC West shutout as the Oakland Raiders downed the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0:
What it means: The Raiders sent fans home happy in the last home game of the season. Thank goodness for the Chiefs. Oakland ended a six-game losing streak with the win and it is now 4-10. It beat the Chiefs earlier in the season at Kansas City. The Chiefs fell to 2-12 and is still very much in control of the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Chiefs are 0-10 in the AFC West and have lost 16 of 17 conference games. Is a field-goal fueled win over the worst team in the NFL enough for Dennis Allen to save his job?
Bad offense or good defense? The Chiefs had 17 yards in the first half on 18 plays and ended the game with 119 yards. The Chiefs didn’t get one rushing first down. Getting blanked by the worst defense in the league is awful, but this is an awful Kansas City offense. Kudos to Oakland’s defense for stepping up, though. Oakland’s last shutout was in 2002, also against the Chiefs.
Pryor gets a taste: Oakland fans have been screaming to see Terrelle Pryor late in the season. Pryor attempted one pass, an incompletion, in the one series he played. It doesn’t seem like the Raiders’ coaching staff trusts Pryor beyond what we saw Sunday.
Good day for McFadden: Oakland running back Darren McFadden had 110 yards on 30 carries, showing he can still help this team.
Rough day for Charles: Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles had 10 yards on nine carries Sunday. That’s nice work by the Oakland run defense.
Jano-matic: Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski produced all the offense the Raiders needed with five field goals. He’s the best kicker in the league.
What’s next: Oakland plays at the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City hosts the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16.