Raiders Break Record With 23 Penalties, Win Anyway Because Buccaneers

Bryan Brandom
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Three weeks ago, Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said he wouldn't stand for the deluge of flags that is falling at his players' feet—the squad leads the NFL in penalties.

“We certainly have zero tolerance for those,” Del Rio said after a Week 5 win over the San Diego Chargers. “We’ve got to clean those things up. The pre-snap, that gets me going there. … At a home game that was not good.”

In their Week 8 tilt with the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, his team responded with a Michael Crabtree taunting penalty on their second offensive play of the game.

And the penalties just kept coming. In overtime, Tampa accepted the Raiders' 23rd penalty of the contest, breaking a 72-year-old record for the most accepted penalties in a single game. It counted for 200 yards against them, coming up 12 yards shy of the record for penalty yardage. The Raiders lead the league with 86 accepted penalties on the year, and have 20 more than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have the second most.

But, as has been the case for most of the season, it didn't really matter thanks to an explosive performance from quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for 513 yards—a franchise record—and four touchdowns, including this game-winning, 42-yard touchdown strike to Seth Roberts for the 30-24 victory.

"I can't believe it, but it just shows the resilience of this team. We just have to work to clean that up," said wideout Amari Cooper. "We can't be a championship team like that, so we have to clean that up. Definitely."

The Raiders are now 6-2 and tied atop the AFC West with the Denver Broncos, their Week 9 opponents. The Bucs are 3-4.

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