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Week 15 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 0, Oakland Raiders 15


Kansas City Chiefs

QB Brady Quinn, Pass: 18 - 32 - 136 - 0 TD / 1 INT

An offensive performance to be forgotten would be the best way to describe Kansas City's efforts in Oakland. It all started with Brady Quinn, who refused to test the Oakland defense down the field and continued to take the check downs to his backs and receivers. Quinn was under duress for most of the game as a stifling Raiders' front four continued to disrupt his timing and rhythm. Quinn threw an interception in the first half on a pass that looked to be a miscommunication between he and his target; the pass, thrown over the middle, had no Chief near it. Quinn was let down by his inexperienced receiving corps, who struggled to get separation all game long.

RB Jamaal Charles, Rush: 9 - 10 - 0, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)

Jamaal Charles was completely held in check by the Raiders to the tune of 10 total rushing yards on nine carries. Charles did break one run down the sideline for a 20+ yard gain at one time, but that was nullified by penalty. The Chiefs continued to lean on Charles even as the game got away from them; credit has to go to the Oakland front seven, who had good gap discipline and did not give Charles the cutback lane on stretch plays. Charles was the recipient of a few check down passes, but he was tackled more or less immediately.

WR Dexter McCluster, Rec: 7 - 59 - 0 (10 targets)

McCluster's only contributions to the game came on passes within five yards of the line of scrimmage, which was all that was possible with Quinn under centre. McCluster made some nice moves to get free on a short reception in the fourth quarter for a 31-yard gain, but that play might have been the highlight of the entire game for the Chiefs.

WR Jamar Newsome, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (4 targets)

Jamar Newsome, playing in Dwayne Bowe's place, was a disappointment. Mental errors led to a costly third-down drop on a slant route, and overall his route-running was subpar. As a result, Quinn took check down passes and never had a chance to develop the downfield passing attack.

WR Jon Baldwin (4 targets)

Jonathan Baldwin did not pull his weight in this contest; he looked apathetic with his route-running and downfield blocking and had no desire when Quinn lofted passes up for him to attack. He was often the favorite to reel the pass in, but he half-heartedly swung his arms at them, more often than not. In a receiving corps devoid of playmakers, Baldwin was the biggest disappointment and failed to register a catch.

TE Tony Moeaki, Rec: 3 - 36 - 0 (4 targets)

Tony Moeaki made a terrific catch on a hospital pass over the middle, reeling in the football over his shoulder as an onrushing safety tackled him in the midsection. He was targeted 10+ yards downfield in the fourth quarter on a couple of occasions late in the game as the Raiders went into a shell coverage, but he had little meaningful involvement overall, as the Chiefs' passing attack was nonexistent.


Oakland Raiders

QB Carson Palmer, Pass: 18 - 29 - 182 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0

Carson Palmer acted as more of a game manager against the Chiefs as the Raiders' ground game took the pressure off him, asking him to make only simple reads and not turn the football over. He accomplished both goals, completing passes in rhythm to his receivers, notably Rod Streater. Palmer was inaccurate on some passes and admittedly, his receivers could have had more separation on such passes, but the Chiefs' defense did an excellent job overall. Palmer gave his receivers chances to make plays downfield, especially a Denarius Moore post route, but that pass was broken up, along with many other downfield attempts. It is noteworthy that Terrelle Pryor stepped in for a three-play series in the first half.

RB Darren McFadden, Rush: 30 - 110 - 0, Rec: 4 - 39 - 0 (4 targets)

Darren McFadden was the workhorse of the offense for the entire game. He tended to bounce his runs outside a little bit too often, sometimes resulting in losses. However, for the most part he was crisp in his cuts, decisive and showed off his excellent perimeter speed. McFadden fumbled the football in the third quarter when, after a short reception, a Chiefs player ripped it out. This was the only blemish on an otherwise efficient performance. The game was a statement by McFadden that, when healthy, he is the Raiders offense.

RB Mike Goodson, Rush: 13 - 89 - 0, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets)

Mike Goodson ran with excellent feel for cutback lanes, was able to get to the perimeter with his speed and make subtle moves in the hole, and overall delivered a great performance. Goodson was elusive and broke several tackle attempts as well and proved to be a good complement to McFadden. He was adequate in pass protection as well.

WR Denarius Moore, Rec: 5 - 46 - 0 (8 targets)

Denarius Moore, when Palmer went downfield, was the primary target. Moore almost reeled in a beautiful pass on a post pattern, but Javier Arenas was there to break it up at the last second. Moore was rather inconsistent in his route-running overall, and seemed to be well-covered throughout. He strengthened his performance in the second half, but almost had a fumble to his name, which Oakland fortunately recovered. It was a sloppy game by the former Vol.

WR Rod Streater, Rec: 5 - 62 - 0 (6 targets)

Rod Streater was the primary target in the passing game for Carson Palmer. It is Streater's route-running ability and trust factor with Palmer that earns him the targets -- and more often than not, he rewards that trust. Streater consistently plucked the football out of the air, notably on a post pattern where he shielded the ball with his body as a defender tried to knock the ball down. With the passing game taking a backseat to the ground game, Streater's involvement was minimal. However, he was definitely the most consistent pass catcher the team had.

TE Brandon Myers, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (4 targets)

Brandon Myers, normally a favorite target of Palmer, was kept in the block for the majority of snaps as the Raiders tended towards more three-wide sets when they had to pass. Myers was utilised as a blocker in the run game to good effect, though. His only receptions came in the two-minute drill, although he was targeted down the field on one other occasion; it was broken up.


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