OAKLAND — The Raiders are not among the NFL's elite teams, a truth that has been made abundantly clear during the 2012 season. But as we discovered Sunday, they most certainly are not the league's worst, either.
The Raiders controlled, frustrated and generally bullied the hapless Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum, winning 15-0, snapping a six-game losing streak and opting out of the race for the first overall draft choice in 2013.
It was Oakland's first shutout since the final game of the 2002 season, and the Chiefs' 119 total yards were the fewest surrendered by the Raiders since they held the Chargers to 93 on Oct. 5, 1975.
"It's a great, great thing for us to be able to go out and get a shutout," defensive tackle Desmond Bryant said. "Since I've been here we obviously haven't had any kind of shutouts. I don't even know how to say it. It was awesome being a part of that."
Kansas City ran for just 10 yards on 10 carries, and most of Brady Quinn's 136 passing yards came with the Raiders in prevent mode. The Chiefs had 17 total yards at halftime, and didn't record their initial first down until 4:37 remained in the third quarter.