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Raiders notes: Penalty records set

  • Oakland Raiders tight end Kevin Boss falls backwards into the end zone for a touchdown after pulling in a pass from quarterback Carson Palmer in the fourth quarter during their game against the San Diego Chargers in Oakland on Sunday, January 1, 2012. The Raiders lost to the Chargers 38-26.

OAKLAND — They weren't the records the Raiders hoped to break this year, but by the end of Sunday's 38-26 loss to San Diego, they were in the books. The 2011 squad established new NFL marks for penalties and penalty yardage, finishing with 163 for 1,358 yards and breaking the standards established by the 1998 Chiefs, who were flagged 158 times for 1,304 yards.

The yardage record fell first, when safety Matt Giordano was called for a personal foul for blasting a defenseless receiver, San Diego's Vincent Jackson, on the first drive of the game. The penalty mark fell on the opening kickoff of the second half, as Rock Cartwright was whistled for a hold.

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Asked whether the penalty total is one reason the Raiders missed the playoffs, coach Hue Jackson said, "There's no question it is. There were a couple other games that maybe you win. There's a couple times that maybe you get them off the field if you don't have the penalties. It's a problem. That's not why we lost today, but that is a problem on this football team. There's some work that has to be done."

Many Raiders fans, and players, are convinced there is a vast NFL conspiracy against the team that Al Davis built. Others acknowledge the problem is within the locker room.

"I'm confident that when we stop the dumb stuff, there ain't nobody that's gonna beat us," safety Mike Mitchell said. "What's gonna be the catalyst that makes us stop it and say no more penalties, no more stupid plays, mental errors, things of that nature? I don't know. I think a loss like this ... this is something that sticks with you till you die."


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