KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There were statistics that provided insight about how the Raiders offensive line played against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but quarterback Carson Palmer wanted to talk laundry.
"I don't think my jersey needs to be washed," Palmer said after a 26-16 win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
A week after the Jacksonville Jaguars front seven came off a bye week as if they were in starting blocks and got the better of the Raiders up front, a Kansas City team also coming off a bye was essentially stonewalled.
Kansas City outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, who came in with 10 combined sacks, were nonfactors against left tackle Jared Veldheer and right tackle Willie Smith. The Chiefs got little push up the middle.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp called for maximum protection schemes which kept the Chiefs outnumbered, and Palmer was never sacked.
"I think our offensive line did an outstanding job as far as protecting the quarterback," coach Dennis Allen said. "They're banged up pretty good right now. I was proud of the way they competed for four quarters today."
Center Stefen Wisniewski said the line as a unit felt much better walking off the field against Kansas City than it did against Jacksonville, even though both were wins.
"Keeping Carson clean is super important for us, and their D-ends are some of the best in the league," Wisniewski said. "They got high sack numbers, and
Equally gratifying was helping the Raiders control the game in the fourth quarter on the ground, with running back Darren McFadden gaining 75 yards on 12 carries to finish with 114 yards on 29 attempts.
"Running the ball and running it well is pretty boring for a crowd, and if you can have those long, slow drives, it will quiet them," Wisniewski said.
"It took us awhile to get going, but we finished the game out well," McFadden said. "With our offense, you have to stick with it. You're going to get 1 or 2 yards here and there, and eventually they're going to start popping."
Both fumble recoveries by the Raiders were essentially gifts -- a muffled punt by Javier Arenas recovered by Jon Condo and a fumbled snap by Cassel recovered by Tommy Kelly.
"I think everyone knows that he's the man in our locker room, but I don't know if guys around the league know about him yet," Palmer said. "He's young and has had some injuries, but he is finally healthy."
He missed from 37 yards in the fourth quarter, only to get a second chance because the Chiefs were offsides. He converted from 32 yards.
"I'm not exactly sure," Crennel said. "We were rotating our backs in there. (Peyton) Hillis was back, and he was able to get some carries."
Kansas City had 102 yards on 22 carries, but nine scrambles from Cassel and Quinn accounted for 53 yards.