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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:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Most Yards Penalized in Single Game - All-Time 212 Titans vs Ravens, 1999 209 Browns vs Bears, 1951 200 Raiders at Buccaneers, Today

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:

Raiders on NBCS @NBCSRaiders

Most penalties in a game in NFL history? Doesn't matter. Just Win Baby! https://t.co/OnQqAuVkUL

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

Vic Tafur @VicTafur

Del Rio said coaching staff will investigate penalties, was hot during game about two 12-man penalties, players not getting off

Vic Tafur @VicTafur

Crabtree, man of few words, on coming out on top despite 23 penalties: “Adversity. Winning. That’s it.” #Raiders

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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