Paul G's Instant Replay: Bucs 42, Raiders 32

November 5, 2012, 12:38 am
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OAKLAND -- While the Raiders lost their own running back to injury in the second half, Oakland's defense could not find Tampa Bay's running back.Rookie Doug Martin, an Oakland native who grew up in Stockton, rushed for 251 yards, including TD runs of 45, 67 and 70 yards, the last of which put the Buccaneers up, 35-17.The Raiders made a game of it, though, closing to within 35-32, and having the ball at their own 38-yard line with 2:42 to play. But Carson Palmer, who passed for 414 yards and four TDs, was picked off by safety Ahmad Black when Rod Streater kept running instead of turning in. Palmer had the fourth-highest passing game in franchise history.On a positive note for the Raiders, tight end Brandon Myers caught the first two touchdown receptions of his career.Scoring late: When Carson Palmer hit Rod Streater on the right side for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 80 seconds remaining in the first half, it marked the eighth time this season the Raiders had scored in the final two minutes of the first half, meaning, in every game thus far. So what's the issue with the other 58 minutes?Rumblin', stumbling': As a child, Lamarr Houston attended the same church as William "The Refrigerator" Perry. And after blocking Connor Barth's 35-yard field-goal attempt in the first quarter, Houston channeled his inner "Fridge," picking up the ball and barreling 34 yards downfield. Was it ironic, then, that Whodini's "Freaks come out at night" blared over the Coliseum's loudspeakers after the play?Third-quarter woes: After getting outscored 21-0 in the third quarter, the Raiders have now been outscored by a cumulative 88-24 in the third this season. It is the worst such margin in the NFL. Not good. Not good at all.Penalties return: A week ago, the Raiders had two penalties for 20 yardstotalin their 26-16 victory in Kansas City. Oakland matched that total in consecutive first-quarter plays and eclipsed the yardage total in the process with 15 yards, when Tommy Kelly swatted Josh Freeman in the head and Tyvon Branch was called for a horse collar tackle on Martin. The Raiders finished with nine penalties for 80 yards.Special teams gone awry: Despite the Buccaneers staying in their base defense as the Raiders set up to punt, Oakland kept its fake play in effect, and Shane Lechler's four-yard pass to Taiwan Jones on the right sideline was completed. One thing, though, it was 4th and 13. Then, midway through the fourth quarter, the Raiders' onside kick was sniffed out and Tampa Bay recovered easily.Injuries piling up: Besides losing McFadden in the first half, the Raiders also lost safety Matt Giordano (hamstring) and backup running back Mike Goodson (ankle) in the second half.Up next: The Raiders (3-5) travel to play the Baltimore Ravens (6-2), who returned to their native Cleveland, so to speak, to upend the Browns, 25-15 on Sunday.