OAKLAND -- Carson Palmer called this a "must-win." Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal with 12:54 on the clock in overtime to upend the Jacksonville Jaguars, 26-23, despite the Raiders being their worst enemies all day long.
Janikowski's game-winner was set up by Lamar Houston stripping Cecil Shorts III on a pass across the middle, with Joselio Hanson recovering the fumble at the Jaguars' 21-yard line and on the left hash. One play later, Carson Palmer took the snap, moved to the right and kneeled in the center of the field for Janikowski's game-winner.
Some might say the Raiders had no business winning, what with so many muskies early and often at the O.co Coliseum.Consider: The Raiders knocked out Jacksonville star running back Maurice Jones-Drew after two carries with an ankle injury. They sidelined quarterback Blaine Gabbert with a left shoulder issue. Right guard Uche Nwaneri was lost on the first series with a left leg injury and running back Montell Owens was out with a left shoulder.And yetThe Raiders inflicted just as painful wounds upon themselves Sunday as three turnovers led directly to 13 points for the Jaguars.But a huge fourth-quarter pass interference flag thrown at Aaron Ross in the end zone as he covered Darrius Heyward-Bey set the Raiders up at the 1-yard line. The Raiders were facing 4th and 10 at the Jacksonville 25-yard line at the time. Two plays later, Palmer went in over center for the keeper and touchdown before Sebastian Janikowski's PAT tied the score at 23-23.Self-inflicted wounds: The first Raiders turnover -- Phillip Adams simply muffing a punt return -- resulted in a five-yard Rashad Jennings touchdown plunge from five yards out. The second turnover -- an interception off a tipped Carson Palmer shovel pass -- was followed by a 50-yard Josh Scobee field goal. And the third turnover -- a Palmer fumble on a strip sack -- led to a 45-yard field goal.A first for the rookie: Miles Burris, the Raiders' fourth-round pick from San Diego State, blew up Chad Henne for a 10-yard sack late in the third quarter. It was the excitable weakside linebacker's first career sack, and it came in the shadows of the Black Hole.Run DMC AWOL: Through three quarters, Darren McFadden had all of 29 yards rushing, with a long of eight yards, on 14 carries. This against a Jaguars defense that entered the game ranked 30th in the NFL and allowing 4.7 yards per rushing attempt. McFadden finished with 53 yards rushing on 19 carries. He is not the same running back he was to start last season. Then again, neither is the Raiders' blocking scheme.Offensive line a sieve: Carson Palmer took a Jim Plunkett-esqe beating in the pocket. Palmer was sacked three times but was hit countless other times as he stood tall in the pocket. The left side of the line -- tackle Jared Veldheer and Cooper Carlisle -- had a particularly tough day.Something to build on?: A positive? The Raiders' defense limited the Jaguars to just 1-of-12 on third-down conversions.Ownage done?: The Jaguars, who began as an expansion franchise in 1995, entered the day leading the all-time series, 5-1. The previous lone Raiders' win came in 1996.Up next: The Raiders (2-4) travel to Kansas City to face a 1-5 Chiefs team, and a familiar face in cornerback Stanford Routt, coming off a bye week.