Jamaal Charles had nowhere to run, Brady Quinn was under pressure all day and the Raiders defense posted its most statistically dominating performance in decades.
Coach Dennis Allen said that kind of game proves what the Raiders are capable of defensively when they play to their ability. The key now is doing that more often.
“We’ve proven that we can do it at times, but we’ve got to be more consistent at it,” Allen said Monday. “That will be our challenge moving forward.”
So far the Raiders (4-10) haven’t proved much more than they can shut down the lowly Chiefs (2-12) and Jaguars (2-12). In three wins against the NFL’s two worst teams, Oakland has allowed 13 points and 209 yards allowed per game.
Against the rest of the NFL, the Raiders have given up 33 points and 414.9 yards per game.
But Allen is less worried about the quality of opponent than the gaudy numbers his defense delivered. The Raiders held Charles to 10 yards rushing on nine carries, sacked Quinn four times and allowed just 119 yards of total offense — the fewest for the team since 1975.
It all added up to Oakland’s first shutout since the 2002 regular season finale.
“I think it’s important any time you get that opportunity. It’s tough to shut anybody out in this league,” Allen said. “To get the shutout, to hold the team to 10 yards rushing which is a franchise record, a team that was a top-five rushing team in the NFL this year. I think that was huge for our defense. I think that was a good confidence builder.
Now we have to continue to build on that.”
The Raiders have two more chances to duplicate that kind of performance as they end the season with trips to Carolina and San Diego.