Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Full Report Card Grades for Oakland

It’s better to win a disgusting, penalty-ridden contest than to lose a clean game. The Oakland Raiders accomplished the former with an NFL-record 23 infractions in a poor showing in terms of field discipline and on-field communication. 

Nonetheless, when’s the last time the Silver and Black finished the first half of a season at 6-2 or better?

The answer is 2001.

The Raiders' fifth consecutive road victory and sixth win of the season came late in overtime after blowing three real opportunities to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in regulation and overtime combined.

After celebrating a hard-fought win, head coach Jack Del Rio must address the team’s propensity to rack up senseless penalties on late hits, illegal formations and delays of game. The coaching staff should look in the mirror to address personnel infractions for employing 12 men on the field.

The absurd amount of violations falls squarely on Del Rio’s shoulders. As the leader on the sideline, the confusion, undisciplined play and NFL record for most penalties happened on his watch. The Buccaneers didn’t play well on Sunday, which allowed the Raiders to win despite the atrocities on the field. 

Oakland took the field as its only competition on Sunday. The Buccaneers didn't offer much on either side of the ball. Fortunately, the Raiders didn't beat themselves.

As for the victory, the Raiders’ young stars put their best on display. Quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper and defensive lineman Khalil Mack all finished with impact plays to propel the team to victory. Wideouts Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts put the game away with their catch-and-run receptions in overtime. 

The team should take solace in performing well enough to overcome all the self-inflicted wounds in Week 8.

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