In the final stretch of a terrible season, the Kansas City Chiefs somehow managed to redefine what rock bottom looks like. This time it’s a 15-0 shutout loss to their bitter division rivals, the Oakland Raiders, in a game that never felt close.
A pitiful Chiefs offense put in their worst effort of the season — a tall task — going the entire first half without a first down. For most of the game, the Raiders had kicked more field goals than Kansas City had first downs.
On top of ignoring their best player — RB Jamaal Charles had just 10 yards on nine carries — there were never any signs this team had any interest in playing a professional football game Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
If you are looking for a silver lining, the Chiefs were able to keep the Raiders out of the end zone. Hey, it’s not much, but after sitting through one of the worst seasons in Kansas City history, you have to take whatever you can.
There hasn’t been a worse showing from this team all season, but we’ll do our best to try and pick out the best of the worst.
Offense: Tony Moeaki
The tight end — like the entire Chiefs offense — didn’t turn in an effort to write home about, but he did take a couple hits that probably still have his head ringing. For a guy that has a history with concussions, it was good to see him get up initially. Here’s hoping he checks out medically this week and doesn’t have any concussion symptoms.
Moeaki finished the day with three catches for 36 yards. Send over that game ball!
Defense: Eric Berry
He still doesn’t look like he’s all the way back from his knee injury last season, but Berry does continue to show he can make plays at the line of scrimmage with anyone in the league.
Berry had a game-high 11 tackles, two of those for a loss and a pass defensed.
Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt
Hey, the punter was great! All fans of the Chiefs have heard that statement far too often and it doesn’t sting any less when it happens.
Colquitt turned in an amazing effort against the Raiders, including a career-long 71 yarder. Of his seven punts, four landed inside the 20 and a fifth should have, but he was let down by his coverage unit, who watched the ball bounce into the end zone.