Chiefs vs. Raiders, Week 15: Oakland defense steps up, breaks losing streak

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In a battle of two of the worst teams in the NFL this season, the Oakland Raiders continued their success against their AFC West counterparts.

The Oakland Raiders have struggled all season but one team they've played well against is the Kansas City Chiefs. In breaking their six-game losing streak, the Raiders topped the Chiefs 15-0 with an impressive defensive performance on Sunday afternoon.

Defense isn't something that has been associated with Oakland much this year with the Raiders ranking last in the NFL in points allowed. During their losing streak, they allowed at least 20 points in each game, including two contests in which they gave up 42 and 55 points.

Against the Chiefs, it wasn't the offense that spurred the Raiders, but rather the defense, according to Silver And Black Pride:

The Chiefs offense could do nothing against the first half. They didn't have a single first down or a single play in Raiders territory. They got their first 1st down on their first drive of the third quarter. On that drive they also got into Raiders territory for the first time but the drive ended when they couldn't convert on fourth and goal from the nine yard line.

Despite allowing 131.2 rushing yards per game, Oakland has done surprisingly well in bottling up Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles in their two meetings. On Sunday, Charles gained only 10 yards on nine carries after gaining four yards on five runs in the Raiders' 26-16 win on Oct. 28.

The win for Oakland won't push them any closer to the playoffs, but does give Raiders fans some hope for the defense, as well as some enjoyment in dominating their AFC West foe.

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