Chiefs hit bottom in loss to Raiders
BY JOSH DUBOW Associated Press
Monday, December 17, 2012
12/17/12 at 5:27 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. - Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals, Darren McFadden rushed for 110 yards and the Oakland Raiders shut out Kansas City for the second time ever, beating the Chiefs 15-0 on Sunday.
"Offensively we couldn't get much done at all," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "Couldn't run the ball, couldn't throw the ball, got into the red zone and couldn't get any points."
There has been little to cheer for this season for the Chiefs (2-12), 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.
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.
Even their one big play against the Raiders (4-10) didn't count as a holding call on Joe Asamoah negated a 42-yard gain by Jamaal Charles.
"That was kind of how the day went," quarterback Brady Quinn said. "We'd have a big play like that and a penalty. A guy wide open and a dropped ball or I wouldn't be able to have time to throw it. We just weren't able to sustain any sort of consistency the entire day."
Charles was held to 10 yards rushing on nine carries, giving him 14 yards on 14 carries in two games against Oakland this season.
Quinn was 18-for-32 for 136 yards and an interception as he missed injured receiver Dwayne Bowe and left tackle Branden Albert.
The Raiders snapped a six-game losing streak.
"It's extremely hard to shut anybody out. It doesn't matter who they are," coach Dennis Allen said. "I think it's huge. Our guys needed something where they get a little bit of confidence."
The quality of play matched the poor records for much of the day.
The Chiefs didn't get a first down until 40 minutes into the game. The Raiders failed to reach the end zone.
The last time the Raiders recorded a shutout was in the 2002 regular season finale when they beat Kansas City 24-0. That was also the only other time they shut out the Chiefs in this long rivalry.