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OAKLAND -- With 312 yards passing against New Orleans on Sunday, Carson Palmer became the first Raiders quarterback since 2005 to throw for at least 3,000 yards in a season.Through 10 games, Palmer has 3,035 yards passing, the quickest in his 10-year career he has reached the 3,000-yard plateau, and it leads the AFC. The last Raiders quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards was Kerry Collins, who had 3,759 yards in Norv Turner's second and final year as Raiders coach.RELATED: Carson Palmer career stats 2012 game logs
Palmer, though, also had a pair of costly interceptions in the Raiders' 38-17 loss, a pick-6 and one in the end zone that bounded off Brandon Myers' hands."We just couldnt keep up," Palmer said. They scored pretty quickly and we tried to stick with the run game and we did and we were doing a good job, and with our fullback playing tailback to run the ball we did in the first half was really, really good to see, to see the way we moved the line of scrimmage with our offensive line."But when it came down to it, we got beat by a better team today."It also marked the first time in Palmer's career he had three straight 300-plus yard passing games and it extended his franchise record for 200-yard passing games to 16.Marcel Reece's 193 yards from scrimmage were most by a Raiders player since Michael Bush had 242 yards last season at San Diego. Reece has also set single-season bests for receptions (37), receiving yards (418) and rushing yards (151).Sebastian Janikowski's 40-yard field goal was his 49th consecutive made attempts from 40 yards or less, dating back to Sept. 26, 2010, when he missed a 32-yarder that would have beaten Arizona.Shane Lechler has now appeared in 200 games, five shy of Dave Dalby (1972-85) for seventh on the Raiders' career games-played list.Right tackle Khalif Barnes played for the first time since suffering a groin injury at Miami in Week 2."There was a little bit of rust," he said, "but I shook it off, I think, during practice. I still had some rusty things going on out there but, for the most part, overall I was pleased."I didn't give up any sacks to them so, all in all, I feel pretty good about that. I'm just bummed overall about the whole (game) situation."