Sebastian Janikowski literally kicked the Oakland Raiders out of their six game losing streak, as “Seabass” tied his career-high with 5 field-goals made, including a season-best from 57 yards out, to score all 15 points for the Silver&Black. The defense dominated the whole contest, achieving 7 consecutive 3&outs to start off the game and also forcing 4 turnovers, 3 of them on downs, not conceding any points to the Kansas City Chiefs. It was the first Raider shutout since December of 2002, when Oakland also beat the Chiefs at home by 24-zip. This time, it was a 15×0 victory, as the Raiders bested their rivals from KC on both encounters this season.
Raiders’ players who did not suit up for the game: RB Jeremy Stewart (“C.D.” – Coaches’ Decision), WR Derek Hagan (C.D.), OT Willie Smith (C.D.), G Lucas Nix (C.D.), DE Jack Crawford (C.D.), DT Richard Seymour (knees&hamstring) and LB Rolando McClain (C.D.). Notable inactives for the Chiefs include WR Steve Breaston (C.D.) and S Abram Elam (quadriceps).
The Raiders started the game with possession. After two runs by Darren McFadden for no gain, Palmer could not avoid the 3&out with an incompletion over the middle looking for Darrius Heyward-Bey. A sack by Desmond Bryant set up a 3rd&16 for the Chiefs, who also suffered a 3&out with a short completion to RB Shaun Draughn. Starting at their own 3 yard line, the Raiders got the first down with a horsecollar penalty on the defense. A 15-yard gain by McFadden reached the Raiders’ 41. A stuffed run and an incompletion later, it was 3rd&10 which was not converted with another incompletion over the middle, this time looking for Rod Streater. The Raiders defense forced another 3&out due to a drop by receiver Devon Wylie. A good run by DMC to the outside got Oakland into Chiefs’ territory. A quick rush by Mike Goodson over the middle reached the 35 yard line. Goodson followed that run with another for an 11-yard gain. The runningback then line up as a receiver and recorded a nice catch & run, good for 13 yards, putting the Raiders in goal line mode. McFadden used his burst to turn the corner and reach the 4 yard line. After a 2-yard rush by DMC, Palmer’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage by Justin Houston. The 20-yard FG by Sebastian Janikowski was good. Chiefs 0 x 3 Raiders with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
The Raider defense started its next series with a sack by Philip Wheeler. On a 3rd&15, Dexter McCluster’s reception was not enough to avoid the 3rd consecutive 3&out forced by the Silver&Black defense. The Raiders offense hit the field for their next drive with Terrelle Pryor, not Carson Palmer, as the quarterback. After 2 runs by McFadden, it was 3rd&7 and Pryor could not connect with Heyward-Bey over the middle. The Raider defense continued to be on point, not only forcing its 4th consecutive 3&out, but intercepting Brady Quinn through the hands of Joselio Hanson. Starting at the Chiefs’ 39, the offense, with Palmer back at the QB position, almost got into goal line mode with a near-reception by Moore. Right on the next play, Moore, after a quick reception, fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Khalif Barnes to set up a 3rd&1. Darren McFadden was stopped for negative yards by Eric Berry. Janikowski split the uprights from 51 yards out. Chiefs 0 x 6 Raiders.
A holding penalty on guard Jon Asamoah negated a 43-yard run by Jamaal Charles. On a 3rd&11, Brandian Ross stopped Wylie short of the first down line, good for the 5th consecutive 3&out on the Chiefs. A strong run by Goodson up the middle set up a 3rd&inches at the Raiders’ 45, which was converted with a QB sneak by Palmer. Two plays later, it was 3rd&6, and Palmer connected with a crossing Streater over the middle to reach the Chiefs’ 39. A holding penalty on Tony Bergstrom negated a 11-yard gain by Goodson at the two-minute warning. On a 3rd&19, McFadden’s reception reached the 33 yard line, setting up a 51-yard FG, missed by Janikowski, wide to the left. Taking over at their own 41 yard line with 1:35 to go in the first half, the Chiefs once again suffered a 3&out with an incompletion due to a dropped pass in a sliding effort by receiver Jamar Newsome. The Raiders, starting at their own 9 with 56 seconds and 3 timeouts left, reached their own 33 yard line with 2 consecutive receptions by Streater. A strike to Moore got the Raiders to their own 47 with 16 seconds and no timeouts left. Palmer avoided a sack and aired it out to DHB, who could not come up with the catch and was flagged for illegal touching after stepping out of bounds. Palmer then found Brandon Myers, who ran out of bounds at the Chiefs’ 39 yard line with just 3 seconds left. The 57-yard FG by Janikowski was good, the longest of his season. At halftime, it’s Chiefs 0 x 9 Raiders.
The Raiders defense started the second half forcing its 7th consecutive 3&out, due to another drop by a Kansas City receiver. On a 3rd&4, Oakland avoided a 3-down drive of their own with a catch by Moore. A 19-yard strike to Streater reached the Raiders’ 41 yard line. After Myers was not able to complete the catch for a big gain in tight coverage, it was 3rd&8 and Palmer threw a dart to Moore to get the Raiders to the Chiefs’ 40 yard line. McFadden followed that with a 19-yard run. Two runs by Goodson later, it was 3rd&10 and Palmer found Streater over the right, who was tackled just short of the first down line. The 30-yard FG by Janikowski was good. Chiefs 0 x 12 Raiders. Kansas City got its first first down of the game due to the extra effort by McCluster after his short catch, pushing Tyvon Branch backwards. On the next play, Branch was flagged for unnecessary roughness (helmet hit to head on a defenseless receiver), which moved the Chiefs to the Raiders’ 36 yard line. A sack by Andre Carter set up a 3rd&10 that was converted due to a pass interference penalty on Coye Francies, moving the ball to the 9 yard line. On a 3rd&goal at the 4, Quinn wasn’t able to connect with TE Tony Moeaki with Miles Burris in tight coverage. On 4th down after a delay of game penalty, Quinn, with Lamarr Houston on his heels, was forced to dump the ball off to Jamaal Charles who was stopped well short of the endzone by Matt Giordano, for the turnover on downs with 2:31 left in the 3rd quarter.
Taking over at their own 8, the Raiders, facing a 3rd&8 after two stuffed runs by DMC, converted it with a 15-yard gain by McFadden himself over the middle. Mike Goodson broke two tackles and burst into open field for a 42-yard gain to the Chiefs’ 32 yard line. A holding penalty drawed by DHB moved the chains to the 28. On a 3rd&6, Heyward-Bey was not able to come up with the catch in tight coverage. The 41-yard FG by Janikowski was good. Chiefs 0 x 15 Raiders. The Chiefs started their next drive with a 31-yard catch&run by McCluster to their own 44 yard line. A catch by Charles got them into Raiders’ territory. Quinn then found Moeaki over the middle at the 34 for a new set of downs. On a 3rd&10, Quinn was sacked by Tommy Kelly, leading to a punt. On the first play of the ensuing Raider drive, McFadden caught a short pass and was stripped by LB Brandon Siler, with Kansas City recovering the fumble at Oakland’s 18 yard line. On a 3rd&12, a blitzing Miles Burris forced the incompletion. On 4th down, Quinn, once again under heavy pressure, this time by Houston, Wheeler and Carter, threw it up for WR Jon Baldwin who wasn’t able to come up with the catch in the endzone in tight coverage by Brandian Ross, for another turnover on downs, with 9:26 left in the game.
After two short runs by McFadden and a false start penalty on Stefen Wisniewski, it was 3rd&11 and Palmer threw short left to McFadden who made a man miss for a 14-yard gain. After two runs by Goodson, McFadden was not able to convert the 3rd&1 with a rush up the middle. After a pass defended by Michael Huff, the Chiefs faced a 3rd&1 and Charles was stuffed for no-gain by Branch. On 4th down, McCluster’s reception was tackled just shy of the first down line by Joselio Hanson. Carson Palmer gained the first down on a 3rd&1 once again via the QB sneak, as the gameclock hit the two-minute warning. Three short runs later, it’s over. Final score: Chiefs 0 x 15 Raiders.
Phillip Adams (head) and Mike Mitchell (neck) were not able to finish the game due to injuries.
Carson Palmer finished the game with 18 completions (62%) for 182 yards. Darren McFadden rushed for 110 yards (3.7 YPC) and caught 4 balls for 39 yards. Mike Goodson contributed with 89 yards (6.8 YPC). Rod Streater led the receivers with 5 receptions for 62 yards. Philip Wheeler led all defenders with 7 total tackles. Wheeler, Tommy Kelly, Andre Carter and Desmond Bryant recorded a sack each. Joselio Hanson contributed with an interception.
The Raiders will now face the Panthers in Carolina on December 23rd, at 10:00 A.M. (PDT).