MAKING THE GRADE

Pass offense

Carson Palmer played a complementary role for once, letting the running game and the defense control the game. Palmer was 18 of 29 for 182 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was fortunate that at least two passes, forced into coverage, were not intercepted. Grade: C+

Run offense

The Raiders rushed for a season-high 203 yards on 45 carries, 38 of which went for positive yardage (including a late kneel-down). Darren McFadden had 110 yards on 30 carries, Mike Goodson 89 on 13 attempts, and the Raiders had 10 rushing first downs while amassing a 40:06 to 19:54 advantage in time of possession. Grade: A

Pass defense

Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn struggled (five passing first downs), but he also faced third-and-long virtually the entire game. The Raiders kept Chiefs receivers covered for the most part, and Quinn missed the ones who were open. Joselio Hanson had his second interception of the season, and the Raiders had a season-high four sacks from Philip Wheeler, Desmond Bryant, Andre Carter and Tommy Kelly. Grade: A

Run defense

The No. 5 rushing offense in the league was held to 10 yards on 10 carries. Feature back Jamaal Charles had all 10 yards, on nine attempts. Kansas City had to abandon the run as it fell further behind. In two games against the Raiders, Charles had 14 yards on 14 carries. Grade: A

Special teams

Sebastian Janikowski accounted for all the scoring with field goals of 20, 50, 57, 30 and 41 yards. He missed from 51 yards -- only his third miss this season. The only kickoff the Raiders received was a touchback. Shane Lechler punted four times for a 51.3 average and a 40.3 net. Denarius Moore looked lost on punt returns, giving way to Matt Giordano late. Grade: B

Coaching

The Raiders clearly were ready to play, and they were by far the more crisp and efficient team on offense and defense. The mixed coverages and occasional blitzes flummoxed Quinn, who for reasons unknown wasn't given the hook. No problem with the conservative offensive calls and reliance on field goals. It was the right way to play the game for a team desperate to win. Grade: A

-- JERRY MCDONALD