By Steve Corkran
Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at 8:29 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders blew away the all-time records for penalties and penalty yards on the strength of eight for 64 yards Sunday in a 38-26 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
The Raiders finished with 163 penalties for 1,358 yards, eclispsing the 158 for 1,304 posted by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs.
The Raiders finished tied with the Chargers and Denver Broncos at 8-8 in the AFC West. However, for scheduling purposes they are considered the third-place team by virtue of tiebreakers.
Therefore, the Raiders play the third-place teams in the AFC South and the AFC East, with the Jacksonville Jaguars coming to Oakland and the Raiders playing the Miami Dolphins on the road.
The Raiders also play the four AFC North teams and the four NFC South teams as part of the regular rotation. Their six other games are against the three AFC West foes.
WHAT’S IN A NUMBER?
The Raiders posted an undefeated mark in divisional games away from the Coliseum for the second straight season. On the downside, the Raiders lost all three of their games against AFC West teams at home this season.
BUSH, HEYWARD-BEY NOT SO GRAND
Running back Michael Bush and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey came up just shy of notching 1,000 yards for the first time in their respective NFL careers.
Bush rushed for 66 yards Sunday and finished the season with 977. Not bad for a player who started the season as a seldom-used backup to Darren McFadden.
Heyward-Bey caught nine of the 17 passes thrown his way Sunday for 130 yards. He finished the season with 64 receptions for 975 yards and four touchdowns in his breakout season.
The Raiders still haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2005, when Randy Moss tallied 1,005.
GIORDANO PICKS OFF TITLE
Safety Matt Giordano’s first-quarter interception marked his fifth of the season. It snapped a tie he held with cornerback Stanford Routt and held up as the team-high for 2011.
The Raiders won all four games in which Giordano had an interception before Sunday’s break from routine.
Philip Rivers attempted 26 passes Sunday without being sacked. Heck, he didn’t get hit much, either.
The sackless effort means that defensive tackle Tommy Kelly gets the sack title for the Raiders this season. He finished with 7 1/2.
PALMER’S MIXED BAG
Carson Palmer passed for 417 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. He also was intercepted once. Overall, he finished with 13 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions this season.
The 417 yards is the third most in Raiders history. Jeff Hostetler passed for 424 on Oct. 31, 1993 and Cotton Davidson had 419 on Oct. 25, 1964.
*The Raiders allowed 153 yards rushing Sunday. For the season, they allowed an average of 136.1 yards per game.
*Rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore’s 78-yard reception in the third quarter resulted in the longest reception of any Raiders player this season. His 61-yarder against the Chiefs last Sunday had been the standard bearer.
*Tight end Kevin Boss suffered a concussion at the end of his 22-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
*Shane Lechler’s 58-yard punt was the only punt of the game.
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