Beating these lowly Kansas City Chiefs will never be anything to brag about. But it still feels good to see the Arrowhead Addicts suffer at the hands of the Oakland Raiders none the less.
Now keeping the Chiefs off the scoreboard will always be something to boast of even when their offense is a bigger mess than a Kardashian party with an open bar.
Today the worst scoring defense in the NFL played like the best scoring defense in the NFL. Until something truly odd occurs and a pro team registers a negative point total then a zero on the scoreboard will always be the symbol of a great afternoon. On this occasion it was Jason Tarver’s much maligned defense that took center stage by blanking the rival Chiefs 15-0 as the Raiders snapped their longest losing streak in five years.
Finally we saw the Oakland defensive line dominate the line of scrimmage as Brady Quinn was under pressure all day while Jamaal Charles was once again made more ineffective than a bible on a porn set.
Something else that has been rarer than a positive message from Bill Maher is the Raiders putting an effective running game on the field. That too was the case today as Darren McFadden eclipsed the 100-yard barrier for only the third time this season carrying the rock a career best 30 times for 110 yards.
The inspired effort of the defense combined with another banner day from Sebastian Janikowski was enough to keep the Raiders out of the top pick in the draft conversation for at least another two weeks. It was also well overdue considering how uninspired this team has played over the course of the last month and a half.
Finally the team’s best strength was on display as Run DMC and Mike Goodson ran all over the Chiefs. Of course since its Greg Knapp we’re talking about there was still much to be desired. Considering how one-sided this affair was its insulting that Oakland was kept out of the end zone instead settling for five Jano field goals. In many regards the Chiefs defense can also brag of their own shutout too.
It’s also insulting that Terrelle Pryor was given one token snap in which he inexplicably took the field on a definite passing down only to toss an errant throw. That won’t give Reggie McKenzie any idea of where his young QB stands in development and it surely won’t help a struggling offense hit pay dirt.
But that is all semantics. There is but one thing that matters on Sundays and today the Raiders did it.
Just win, baby!