Raiders Set NFL Record for Penalties in Win vs. Buccaneers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2016

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders throws to an open receiver during the first quarter of an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 30, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders didn't make it easy on themselves as they picked up their sixth win of the season Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Raiders set an NFL record after getting called for 23 penalties, which cost them 200 yards, the third-most all time, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Oakland's penalty total nearly matched Tampa Bay's scoring output after the Raiders earned a 30-24 overtime victory. CSN Raider News didn't care about the record as much as the result:

The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur shared the thoughts of Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio and wide receiver Michael Crabtree:

Penalties have generally been a problem for Oakland this year. Entering Week 8, the team ranked third in total flags (63) and second in penalty yards (528). To a certain extent, it speaks to how talented the Raiders are, considering they have given their opponents so many free yards yet lead the AFC West with a 6-2 record.

In order to finish strong in the second half and potentially make a deep playoff run, Oakland will have to improve in that regard.

The Raiders outgained the Buccaneers 626-270 and averaged three more yards per play, but it took two clutch touchdown throws from Derek Carr to seal the win. Against a better team than Tampa Bay, Oakland in likely would have lost Sunday.

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