Janikowski stars in Raiders win
Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals and Darren McFadden rushed for 110 yards as Oakland shut out Kansas City for the second time ever, beating the Chiefs 15-0 on Sunday.
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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.
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 with McFadden topping 100 yards for the third time this season, Carson Palmer playing turnover-free for the first time since September and the Raiders dominating defensively, Oakland came out on top.
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.
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 Kansas City 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. Kansas City was held scoreless for the first time since Dec. 12, 2010, at San Diego.
The Raiders thoroughly dominated the first half, outgaining Kansas City 198-17 and holding the Chiefs without a first down, but only led 9-0 on three field goals by Janikowski.
The Raiders had one drive stall at the Kansas City 2 before settling for a field goal that gave them their first lead in more than 340 minutes of game action since Nov. 4 against Tampa Bay. Janikowski added field goals from 50 and 57 yards to make it 9-0.
The biggest excitement was provided by a brief appearance by Oakland's No. 3 quarterback Terrelle Pryor and a pesky pigeon who stayed on the field for much of the first half before being captured at the break by the grounds crew to the dismay of the fans.
Pryor, who had been on the field once in two seasons, got one series early in the second quarter as the Raiders try to get a closer look at the former Ohio State star player taken in the supplemental draft in August 2011. Pryor handed off on his first two plays and threw an incompletion on third down before Palmer returned to the game.