Jack Del Rio, Ken Norton Jr
An NFL record 23 penalties. And that doesn’t count the two that were declined. That’s some serious lack of discipline and that falls on the head coach. The first penalty was taunting on Michael Crabtree that ended the first series. And so it went. They already were in double digits with 10 penalties by half time. And it explained their 10-3 deficit.
If you needed any more proof, the first two series of the second half they didn’t have a single penalty. Both resulted in touchdowns. But after that, it was back to undisciplined football. Two offensive line penalties ended the next series with a three-and-out.
With the Raiders still clinging to a lead at 17-16, the Buccaneers would go on a drive in which they picked up three third down conversions all on penalties. The first was a vicious illegal hit by Karl Joseph. The other two were BOTH 12 men on the field penalties in third and one. That falls on Norton. Del Rio added on Monday that there were also times in which the Raiders field just ten defenders. There was also a pass interference penalty on that drive which gifted the Bucs a touchdown drive as they took a 24-17 lead midway through the 4th quarter.
The penalties would continue into the fourth quarter, the first two took the Raiders out of range for at least a 40-yard field goal and he missed from 52 yards. Three more on the next drive would result in a punt, including a holding on Donald Penn that wiped a 41-yard catch by Michael Crabtree off the books. If Carr hadn’t been sacked, we would be talking about 24 penalties as a holding by Gabe Jackson was declined.
This is how a game in which your starting quarterback throws for 513 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions and you hold the opposing quarterback to 8 completions for 89 yards for basically an entire game ends up lasting until the end of the first overtime period before being put away.
He could have put the game away at the end of regulation if he had made the 50-yard field goal attempt. Some talk about the wind but that kick was wide left right off his foot. No worries, he would be given another shot at it early in overtime from 52 yards out. He missed that one too, this time wide right. He shouldn’t have had to attempt kicks outside 50, but that’s his job. Miss one, fine. Miss two, not fine. Especially when either could have been the game winner.
Jameis Winston didn’t have a lot of success in this game through the air. But much of the success he did have was at Amerson’s expense. The first third down of the game was third and 11 and Amerson gave up a 13-yard catch. The next drive on third and three Amerson gave up an 18-yard catch and was called for one of his two holding penalties on the next play. A few plays later – on third down of course – Amerson gave up a 17-yard catch. It would set up the Buccaneers’ first score on a field goal. The 4 catches for 48 yards Amerson surrendered on those first two series was half of Winston’s 8 catches and more than half of his 91 passing yards in the first quarter. His second holding penalty converted another third down, making him responsible for four third conversions.
With the end of the first quarter, Winston instantly began picking on Hayden instead, who was pressed into extra service with Sean Smith injuring his shoulder on the second play of the game. The first play of the second quarter, Hayden’s man got behind him to give up a 19-yard touchdown, giving the Bucs a 10-0 lead.
Hayden had his penalties too, called for holding on a punt return. He played pretty well for a while. Until the start of the fourth quarter. With the Bucs down 17-16, they went on a touchdown drive. The biggest play on the drive was the 19-yard pass interference by Hayden. After the touchdown, the Bucs needed a 1-point conversion to make it a 7-point game. Hayden left Mike Evans wide open for the easy score.
He was again called for holding on a return in the overtime period which started the Raiders second possession at their own 10-yard-line.
Austin Howard, Kelechi Osemele, Donald Penn, Vadal Alexander
With the Raiders down 3-0 in the first quarter, they weren’t able to answer. After a big 27-yard catch by Mychal Rivera got things moving, Penn missed his block to give up a run stuff for one yard. Two plays later, Howard was beat around the right side to give up a strip sack. The Bucs recovered at the Oakland 34-yard-line and scored a touchdown in three plays to take a 10-0 lead.
Howard gave up a run stuff on the next series and Osemele gave up a pressure on Carr that caused him to be flagged for intentional grounding. So, that may now count as a sack in the books, it’s the same thing in the scheme of things. Early in the third quarter, Osemele missed his block to give up a tackle for loss. He would later miss his block again, this time on a screen to give up a 3-yard loss.
Penn had his touchdown catch a couple plays later, making his inclusion here a tough call on such a great day for him getting the TD and the win over his former team. But there were too many other instances where he faltered to just ignore his overall performance. The next drive, he gave up a run stuff for one yard. The drive after that, he dove at the ankles of the oncoming rusher and was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
In the fourth quarter, down 24-17, the Raiders went on a drive that was saved by a holding penalty on THE OTHER TEAM which put them in first and goal at the three. So, of course, Howard moved and was flagged for false start. The officials said it was Rodney Hudson but upon review, it’s clearly Howard who moves. Thankfully the Raiders were still able to score from 8 yards out. He later allowed a free rusher into the backfield to stuff a run for a loss.
Penn’s penalties would continue in the overtime period to kill two drives for the Raiders. He was called for a false start on third and 16 to turn a 47-yard field goal attempt into a missed 52-yard attempt. The next drive, he was called for holding which wiped away a 41-yard catch by Crabtree. The Raiders would eventually have to punt.
In just 12 snaps, Alexander was called for illegal formation twice, flagged for illegal use of hands, and gave up a run stuff. That’s a third of his day.