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.

Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing


Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor. 

The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.

Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back. 

But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.

“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.

FOX Sports was first to report the news.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.