A premium was placed on offensive-line stability, and the teams' effectiveness resided at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Carson Palmer ultimately fell three yards shy of the 4,000-yard single-season milestone. But he did enough to allow Sebastian Janikowski to determine the game's fate. More times than not, the Raiders chalk up victories in that scenario—they did so again today.
Oakland's backfield tandem of Darren McFadden (110 yards) and Mike Goodson (89 yards) nearly eclipsed 200 yards rushing.
Janikowski converted five of his six field-goal attempts, accounting for the contest's only source of points.
The Raiders defense suffocated Jamaal Charles, holding the elusive tailback to 10 yards on the ground in nine attempts.
Kansas City failed to move the chains a single time in the first half. And while Brady Quinn started to find a rhythm in the latter half of the game, mistakes up front prevented the Chiefs from tacking points on the scoreboard.
Next Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs (2-12) will host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (9-5) in Arrowhead's final game of 2012. The Oakland Raiders (4-10) will fly to the East Coast and clash with Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers (5-9).