Not a grass stain on him. No laundry detergent needed.
The subject of such scorn over the years, Palmer threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns while having all the time he needed in the pocket, leading Oakland to a 26-16 victory.
"Phenomenal," Palmer said. "I don't think my jersey needs to be washed."
"It took us a while to get it going, but once it finally got going, we finished the game out well," McFadden said. "We feel like with our offense, you just have to stick with it."
Helps that Palmer could have pitched a tent in his pocket.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs (1-6) have lost four straight overall, their only win coming in overtime at New Orleans. They also haven't led in regulation this season, the first time since at least 1940 that a team's gone this long without a lead, according to STATS LLC.
"It's unfortunate because I think the guys put a lot into it during the week," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "You just have to go forward and do the best you can."
Why did Charles have so few attempts? "Now, that I'm not exactly sure, either," Crennel said.
Altogether, it's little wonder that two more banners appeared prior to the game, towed behind an airplane over Arrowhead Stadium. They were paid for by disgruntled Chiefs fans and renewed their plea from earlier this season that general manager Scott Pioli be fired.
The first play of the game pretty much summed up the confrontation between two of the league's lousiest teams: Palmer threw into tight coverage and was intercepted by Stanford Routt.
The Raiders finally got on the board when Palmer found Moore for a short completion that he turned into a 38-yard gain, and Janikowski connected from 36 yards for a 3-0 lead.
The field-goal struggle was on.
Janikowski hit from 38 yards early in the second quarter, and Ryan Succop matched him with a 30-yarder. Succop hit again from 42 yards late in the half to tie the game.
The game's circuslike nature continued in the second half.
How bad were things going for Kansas City? Janikowski finally missed a field goal in the fourth quarter, only for Jalil Brown to be called offside on the play.
Janikowski knocked through the redo with 8:14 left to put the game away.
"You want to wear a defense down," McFadden said. "I feel like we did that today, and eventually we were able to start to get them to break out."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press