Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders: Final Game Grades and Player Analysis
The Oakland Raiders pitched a shutout against the Kansas City Chiefs, 15-0. The Chiefs fell flat and didn't pick up a first down in the first half. The Chiefs picked up the pace in the second half and had two opportunities to score while having possession of the ball in the redzone.
But the Chiefs offense couldn't finish even though those opportunities were presented to them. In the end, Sebastian Janikowski's leg won the game for the Raiders and dropped the Chiefs to 2-12 on the season.
Here are the final grades for the Chiefs starters.
Brady Quinn, F: Brady Quinn and his teammates were not on the same page offensively. Quinn threw 18 completions with only five of them being first downs, which were the only first downs the Chiefs had besides the two off defensive penalties. At this rate, Geno Smith continues to be a popular name among football fans in Kansas City.
Jamaal Charles, C-: It was a tough game for Jamaal Charles, who rushed for 10 yards off nine carries. He broke a big run, but it didn't count due to a holding penalty.
Peyton Hillis, F: Hillis played, but was invisible throughout the game. His offseason acquisition looked like a good one from the beginning. Now, it's tough to watch him play due to his 3.2 yard per carry average this year.
Jon Baldwin, F: Jon Baldwin, who is now the team's top receiver on the depth chart since Dwayne Bowe is out for the season, couldn't pull in a catch despite being targeted four times. Baldwin attempted to make catches with one hand, but his circus grabs haven't worked.
Dexter McCluster, B-: Having to fill in for Bowe wasn't easy, but Dexter McCluster was active and led all receivers in the game in receptions with seven. But the Chiefs will still need more out of his 59-yard production.
Tony Moeaki, C+: Tony Moeaki hasn't made much noise this season, but continues to make a couple of plays to help the offense move the ball. He was the only tight end targeted by Quinn on Sunday.
LT Donald Stephenson, D: Donald Stephenson, who filled in for Branden Albert, didn't do Quinn and Charles any favors at the left side. Stephenson was outplayed most of the game by the Raiders defensive line.
LG Jeff Allen, F: Jeff Allen was caught by the officials for grabbing Desmond Bryant's facemask. Even so, Allen allowed a sack early in the game and had a hard time giving Quinn and Charles the blocking that they needed.
C Ryan Lilja, F: Like most of the offensive line, Ryan Lilja had a bad game against the Raiders defensive line. But has bad moment came on fourth down with four yards to go in the fourth quarter. Quinn called for the snap, but Lilja snapped it too late, pushing the Chiefs back five yards and sending them to the nine-yard line.
RG Jon Asamoah, F: Charles went around the right end for a 42-yard run to try and help the Chiefs offense get going. However, Jon Asamoah was flagged for a holding call, nullifying Charles' run.
RT Eric Winston, C: Eric Winston didn't play great, but wasn't a suspect of setting the Chiefs back with penalties.
LE Tyson Jackson, C: Tyson Jackson has played well the past few games. Today wasn't a perfect game for him, but he came up with a couple of tackles to help the defense prevent the Raiders from scoring a touchdown.
NT Dontari Poe, B-: The Raiders rushed for over 200 yards, but had a little bit of trouble going up the middle at times. Dontari Poe came up with five tackles, which is the most he's had during his rookie campaign.
RE Ropati Pitoitua, C: Ropati Pitoitua has gotten a lot of face time due to Glenn Dorsey's injury. He recorded four tackles, all solo tackles, against the Raiders.
OLB Tamba Hali, B: It wasn't Tamba Hali's best game. As one of the top pass-rushers in the league, he applied pressure on a couple of plays to force Carson Palmer to get rid of the ball sooner.
OLB Justin Houston, B+: Justin Houston, like Hali, managed to create some pressure. He also scooped up a fumble in the fourth quarter to try and give the Chiefs' offense a chance to score with the ball in the red zone.
ILB Derrick Johnson, A-: Derrick Johnson played well against the run. His eight stops were key for the Chiefs in forcing the Raiders to score with field goals rather than touchdowns.
ILB Brandon Siler, B: Brandon Siler has stepped up the past three games to fill in at the other linebacker spot beside Johnson. Today was Siler's best game throughout the three-week span after pulling a football of Darren McFadden's hands for a fumble.
CB Brandon Flowers, B: Brandon Flowers suffered a scary injury early in the game after running into his own teammate, Jalil Brown, but came back in the game soon after it occurred. Flowers was able to stay with the receivers he defended, not giving up the big play.
CB Javier Arenas, B+: Javier Arenas had eight tackles and also stayed tight with his receivers, like Flowers, to avoid a big play for a touchdown through the air.
S Eric Berry, B+: Eric Berry led all players in tackles with 11 and also had a pair of tackles for a loss against the Raiders to create some stops.
S Kendrick Lewis, B: Kendrick Lewis had a good game as he helped out the cornerbacks in double coverage a couple of times, not allowing a big play to go through for Oakland's passing game.
Dustin Colquitt, A+: Even though the offense couldn't move the ball much, Dustin Colquitt punted the football seven times for 383 yards including a 71-yard punt, which is a career long for Colquitt.
Ryan Succop, A+: Ryan Succop was on the field for only the opening kickoff. He kicked the ball deep into the end zone, for a touchback.