Paul G's Instant Replay: Raiders 26, Jaguars 23 (OT)


Paul G's Instant Replay: Raiders 26, Jaguars 23 (OT)


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 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.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”