During last weeks game against the Vikings, among the many problems the Raiders could not get penalties under control. The Raiders had 13 penalties for 94 yards. To make matters worse, a lot of those penalties gave the Vikings and automatic first down or took away a Raider first down.
They made a substantial improvement however on Friday night against the Lions as it was the visiting team picking up the majority of the penalties during the Raiders second preseason game. This time around, Oakland cleaned up the penalties, having only 7 for 65 yards. Lions penalties also helped the Raiders win. Janikowski drilled a field goal but the Lions had too many men on the field, giving the Derek Carr and his offense a brand new set of downs and led a touchdown. There were a bunch of other Lions penalties that led to automatic first downs which gave the Raiders a chance to score.
“There are a lot of things we have to learn from, but it’s a lot better to do that after the win,” coach Dennis Allen said.
The Raiders still have a lot to work on. Practicing in real time against the Cowboys did the Raiders some good. There were no false starts, one delay of game by McGloin, a few penalties for illegal use of hands, holding, and, a face mask, an illegal formation, and pass interference. There were a few call in question but the Raiders made the most of it and capitalized off of the Lions mistakes. The Raiders will go back and try to fix their makes before they head off to Green Bay for “dress rehearsal” against the Packers.