Raiders snap out of slump behind kicker Janikowski, defense

Kelley L Cox/US PRESSWIREReal football: Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski watches one of his five field goals go through the uprights

The defense dominated, the running game clicked and the Raiders finally ended up on the winning end for the first time in seven weeks.

If only the Raiders could play the Kansas City Chiefs more often.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked five field goals, Darren McFadden rushed for 110 yards and the Raiders shut out Kansas City for the second time ever, beating the Chiefs 15-0 on Sunday.

“It’s extremely hard to shut anybody out. It doesn’t matter who they are. That’s an accomplishment that we take great pride in,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I think it’s huge. Our guys needed something where they get a little bit of confidence.”

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.

“Offensively we couldn’t get much done at all,” 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. Defensively we tried to hang in there but we missed too many tackles and on third down we were unable to get off the field and allowed them to keep drives alive and end up with field goals.”

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.

Strong running by McFadden and Mike Goodson gave the Raiders a season-high 203 yards rushing, Carson Palmer playing turnover-free for the first time since September and the Raiders dominating defensively, Oakland came out
on top.

“It just feels great to be able to go out there and run the ball the way we did,” McFadden said. “We did a great job running and the offensive line did a great job. Just a good all-around game for us.”

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.

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