It was a very interesting day for the Oakland Raiders. They managed to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 30-24, as reported by ESPN. The Raiders set some records, both good and bad, on their way to the victory.
For years, the Oakland Raiders were known as a team that was able to consistently draw the yellow flags from NFL officials. That was one of the things that new head coach Jack Del Rio was hoping to change. The former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach has done a pretty good job of trying to change the culture of a team that was so used to losing. Unfortunately, though, things seemed to revert on Sunday because the Raiders were able to consistently draw in penalties against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Oakland had 23 penalties, which cost them 200 yards.
Of course, there was also a good record that was broken on Sunday. Derek Carr was able to complete 40 of the 59 pass attempts that he threw. That was good enough for Carr to generate 513 passing yards, which is a single-game record for the Oakland Raiders. Carr has already earned the trust of the loyal Raiders fan base, but breaking this record puts him on another level.
Derek Carr was very humbled when he was informed that he had broken an Oakland Raiders record after the game. He stated that it was something that he dreamed about as a kid but never thought it would actually happen.
From a statistical standpoint, it is very hard for Derek Carr to remain humble. He threw four touchdown passes without having a single interception. The fans and the media will notice that because most quarterbacks in the NFL rarely ever have that type of production. Of course, most passers rarely have 59 attempts in a game. The fact that he was able to prevent the defense from catching one of those, that makes it even more impressive.
Of the four touchdown passes thrown by Derek Carr, the receivers were Amari Cooper, Seth Roberts, Mychal Rivera, and Donald Penn that caught the scoring opportunity. Cooper and Michael Crabtree also combined for 281 yards, which makes it that much easier for the Oakland Raiders to pick up a victory.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Shepard and tight end Cameron Brate combined for two touchdowns, but overall, the team struggled to produce much with their passing game. The Buccaneers only produced 16 catches for 180 yards, which explains why the Oakland Raiders were able to pick up the victory.
In a very rare moment, longtime Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed back to back kicks. One was for 50 yards, which would have sent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home with a loss in regulation. The other was in overtime, which would have helped the Raiders win the game.
Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn was especially motivated for the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The veteran was with the franchise for eight seasons before they decided to release him. Penn was quite grateful that the Raiders gave him another chance. On Sunday, he tried to show his former employers that he still had something left in the tank. The offensive lineman even scored a touchdown on a trick play.
With the loss, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put themselves behind an Atlanta Falcons team that is just sitting on a 5-3 record. Though they have seemingly improved behind Matt Ryan, the Falcons still seem vulnerable to mistakes. The Oakland Raiders are now sitting on a 6-2 record, which surprisingly puts them in a first place tie in the AFC West with the Denver Broncos, the reigning Super Bowl Champions.
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