Instant Replay: Raiders 15, Chiefs 0

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Instant Replay: Raiders 15, Chiefs 0

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OAKLAND -- For the first time in nearly a decade, the Raiders authored a shutout, beating Kansas City, 15-0, on five Sebastian Janikowski field goals, and thus, ended their six-game losing streak.

A stomach-flu addled Carson Palmer threw for 182 yards on 18 of 29 passing, without an interception, and running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson rushed for 110 and 89 yards, respectively.

Third-string quarterback Terrelle Pryor made his season debut in the second quarter, going three-and-out after beginning with a 1st and 15 on a false start. Pryor threw an incompletion on his lone pass, to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The Raiders (4-10) have swept the Chiefs (2-12) for the second time in the past three seasons. And the last team the Raiders shut out? The Chiefs, 24-0, on Dec. 28, 2002, 24-0.

Oakland limited Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who entered the day leading the AFC with 1,220 rushing yards, to 10 yards on nine carries. In two games against the Raiders this season, Charles had 14 yards on 14 carries.

McFadden labors: When Darren McFadden has struggled this season, he's looked bad. Real bad. But when he breaks a long run, he's breathtaking. In what many observers think could be his final home game as a member of the Raiders -- might he be trade bait this offseason? -- McFadden showed both sides. The bottom line, though, he broke 100 yards for just the third time this season -- against Pittsburgh, at Kansas City and Sunday -- showing no ill effects of the high ankle sprain that kept him out of four games in November and re-aggravated on Dec. 16.

Defensive domination: The Raiders limited the Chiefs to a mere 17 total yards in the first half, and Kansas City did not have a first down until the 5:30 mark of the third quarter. The Raiders also had four sacks of Brady Quinn, including Tommy Kelly's first of the season with less than 11 minutes to play.

Lechler's last home game?: If this was seven-time Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler's final home game as a member of the Raiders -- the 2000 draft pick will be a free agent -- he went out with a boom, literally and figuratively. On consecutive punts in the first half, Lechler went 59 and then 61 yards. With four punts Sunday, he also has punted 1,003 times in his career, joining Ray Guy (1,049) as the only player in NFL history to have at least 1,000 punts with the same team.

War Pigeon returns: Remember the pigeon that was on the field for the Raiders during their upset of Philadelphia on Oct. 18, 2009? He/she/it stayed in its lane on kick coverage that day and another pigeon showed up in the first half. The bird was on the field during plays and, at the half, was captured in a bucket by field personnel as "Free Bird" played over the loudspeakers, and boos rained down from the stands.

Condo feted: Long snapper Jon Condo was awarded the team's Commitment to Excellence Award before the game, in voting by teammates. Former special teams ace Rock Cartwright had won the honor the previous two seasons.

Checking in with the radio crew: As Terrelle Pryor settled under center, he waved for silence from the Coliseum. "Pryor's asking for the crowd to quiet down, but there's not enough people here to make noise."

Up next: The Raiders (4-10) travel cross-country to face the Carolina Panthers (5-9) in each team's penultimate game. The Panthers thumped the Chargers in San Diego, 31-7, on Sunday. Oakland last won a game in the Eastern Time Zone on Dec. 6, 2009, the Raiders going 0-9 in such games since while getting outscored by a combined 315-155, or losing by an average score of 35-17. Since Dec. 15, 2002, when they lost in Miami, 23-17, the Raiders are just 5-26 in games played in the Eastern Time Zone.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”