Oakland Raiders get much needed victory
By the Numbers: Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
It took the Oakland Raiders’ defense 15 weeks to put together its best performance of the season. The Kansas City Chiefs may not be the best opponent in the NFL, but any time you can dominate a team like Oakland did Sunday, it’s an impressive feat.
The Chiefs held the ball for less than 20 minutes and only ran 46 plays. They managed to gain a meager 119 yards of offense and for a while Kansas City had more penalty yards than yards of offense. Oakland made Brady Quinn’s life miserable all day, putting the quarterback under constant pressure and hitting him more times than he probably remembers.
The Raiders’ game plan was rock solid as they stuffed the running game and forced a mediocre passing offense to beat them through the air. Jamaal Charles entered the game as the league’s fifth-leading rusher, but averaging 1.1 yards per carry did not help him vault himself up the rankings.
On offense, Oakland was a joke despite holding the ball for more than 40 minutes. The Raiders settled for six field goal attempts, of which Sebastian Janikowski hit five of them including two from 50 yards or more. Oakland never came close to scoring a touchdown, which would have been an issue if the Raiders weren’t playing the Chiefs.
Carson Palmer had a sub-par game and did not throw for 200 yards Sunday. However, Darren McFadden picked up the slack and went over the 100-yard mark for the third time this season. The Raiders actually dedicated themselves to the run and it helped them dominate the Chiefs.
Of course, Oakland should have put even more of a beating on Kansas City, but beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to getting a win.
1- 3rd and 4th down conversions for Kansas City offense
Games are won and lost on third down and the Chiefs lost to the Raiders on that specific down. Kansas City had 15 third or fourth down opportunities and only converted on one of them. Basically, when Kansas City needed to get to the marker to keep drives alive, Oakland won the battle on the field helping it win the war.
4- Sacks by Oakland defense
The Raiders have done a poor job this season turning pressure into sacks, but not on Sunday. Oakland made Quinn's live miserable and not only got pressure on him, but also put him on the ground a bunch.
6- 3-and-outs from Kansas City offense
The Chiefs could not stay on the field at all on their first seven drives. Kansas City ran 21 plays on those seven drives combined and had six 3-and-outs and an interception. If you count the Chiefs' two 4-and-outs at the end of the game, Kansas City only had two drives of more than four plays.
7- 1st downs by Kansas City offense
The Chiefs didn't get a first down until the middle of the third quarter and by then the Raiders had already scored 12 points. Kansas City may have ended the game with seven first downs, but it didn't convert when it mattered most as referenced in the second slide.
10- Rushing yards from Kansas City offense
Charles entered the game with more rushing yards than the Raiders as a team, but the Chiefs could not get anything going on the ground. Oakland's dominance in the trenches forced a predominantly ground-based team to the air with bad results for Kansas City.
40:06- Oakland's time of possession
It's easy to win when you control the ball for two-thirds of the game like Oakland did on Sunday. The Raiders used the running game to take pressure off Palmer and the aerial attack and as a result, they chewed up a lot of clock.
110- Rushing yards by Darren McFadden
The Raiders needed their star running back to show up and he did more than that. Oakland is undefeated this season when McFadden runs for more than 100 yards and although it took him 30 carries to get there, McFadden did an excellent job as the focal point of the offense.
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