Winners and Losers from Kansas City Chiefs' 15-0 Loss to Raiders

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIDecember 16, 2012

Winners and Losers from Kansas City Chiefs' 15-0 Loss to Raiders

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    Kansas City fell to 2-12 after a 15-0 loss to Oakland Sunday afternoon.

    Despite the rough outing, we managed to find a set of winners and losers, as we do each week.

    The Chiefs didn't move the chains until the second half and were given multiple opportunities to punch the football to the end zone while controlling the ball in the red zone. However, the Chiefs couldn't finish strong on those drives and were shutout for four quarters.

    Here are your winners and losers from Sunday's loss.

Winner: WR Dexter McCluster

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    Seven catches for 59 yards isn't impressive by all means. However, Dexter McCluster's effort gave the Chiefs an idea of how to use him in future games.

    McCluster, who started due to Bowe's injury, had a season-high of seven catches. He was the most targeted Chiefs receiver, coming through for Quinn when he needed McCluster.

    The Chiefs must continue to use McCluster in the receiving department for the final two games and next season. If McCluster has a better quarterback next season, his production as a receiver might go up.

Loser: WR Jon Baldwin

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    With Dwayne Bowe out for the remainder of the season, Jon Baldwin had a chance to showcase himself now that he is atop the depth chart.

    But he didn't.

    Baldwin was targeted four times by Brady Quinn. He went the entire game without a catch, but it wasn't entirely Quinn's fault. Although Quinn was inaccurate himself on a couple of deep throws, Baldwin has not made the effort to catch a pass.

    Baldwin tried to make catches with only one hand. Until he figures out that reaching out with one hand doesn't work, he'll finish games with very few, or no catches.

Winner: Brandon Siler

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    Brandon Siler, who missed all of last season due to an injury in training camp, had his best game as a Chief.

    Siler recorded six tackles, which is a career high for him since joining Kansas City. He also created a fumble after Darren McFadden caught a pass from Carson Palmer. Siler's forced fumble was recovered by Justin Houston. The ball was brought to the 18-yard line to give the offense a chance to score.

    If Siler continues to make plays like that, he'll keep his starting role going into next season.

Loser No. 2: Brady Quinn

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    Brady Quinn went 18-of-32 passing for 136 yards and threw one interception. He didn't get help from his offensive line and receivers, but there are also some things he could have done better.

    Most of Quinn's completions were short passes to his players, which is why the team didn't pick up a first down in the first half. Quinn was also inaccurate on some of his longer throws, which prevented the Chiefs from moving the chains much and reaching the end zone.

    The worst part is, the Raiders have allowed more points than any team in the league and Quinn couldn't use that to his advantage.

Winner: P Dustin Colquitt

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    Let's give it up for Dustin Colquitt. It is never easy for a punter to go out on the field and perfectly punt the football seven times. But Colquitt made it look easy.

    Easy enough, that after he loosened his leg up from the first few punts, he eventually blasted one punt away 71 yards, which marks a career high for him.

    However, it'd be nice to see less of him in the future.

Loser No. 3: Offensive Line

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    The offensive line hurt the Chiefs a lot in Sunday's loss.

    The line allowed four sacks, even after a facemask penalty on the first sack the Raiders earned. The line couldn't help Jamaal Charles either, who rushed nine times for 10 yards.

    Jon Asamoah's holding penalty erased Charles' 42-yard run, which could have helped the Chiefs get a score early in the game to try and hang with the Raiders.

    Ryan Lilja's late snap forced the Chiefs to move back five yards on fourth down when the Chiefs were at the four-year line and looking to score.

    The Chiefs offensive line needs to do a better job against a poor Raiders defense. But under the direction of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, that may not happen.