The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Oakland Raiders in a 28-0 win on the road in Oakland. Yet to look at the quarterback lines, it looks like everyone had a miserable day. That’s just how odd the Chiefs win was today in an afternoon that featured several defensive touchdowns, many penalties and a less-than-memorable debut for Carson Palmer in the silver and black.
Much is already being made of the Raiders quarterbacks in today’s game. Kyle Boller was miserable as the Raiders starter to open the game and finished with zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Carson Palmer came in to a standing ovation and delivered the same results as Boller: zero touchdowns and three interceptions. The interesting thing is how bad the stats look on the other side as well.
Matt Cassel of the Chiefs won by 28 and yet put up a similar line as his competitors. Cassel went 15 of 30 for 161 yards. He threw zero touchdowns and two interceptions of his own and his final QB rating for the game was 38.3. In other words, it looks like Cassel should have lost the game looking at his stats alone.
Still the Chiefs have to be overjoyed with today’s performance as a team and the Chiefs continue to do what it takes to win these last few weeks. Today was a dominating defensive performance against a team whose defense was celebrated all week leading up to the game. Despite Matt Cassel’s performance, the Chiefs are now ready to challenge for the division lead.