Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers 42, Raiders 32
November, 4, 2012
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A look at a wild game the Oakland Raiders led 10-7 at the half. Yes, 57 points were scored after halftime. The Buccaneers held on for a 42-32 victory.
What it means: The Raiders fell to 3-5 and had their two-game win streak get snapped. The Raiders trail the first-place Denver Broncos by two games and second-place San Diego Chargers by a game.
Nice comeback fails short: The Raiders turned a 28-10 fourth-quarter deficit into a 35-32 game. But Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer, who was good for much of the game, threw a terrible interception with the Raiders trying to take the lead. The Buccaneers then scored to seal the game.
Martin runs wild: Tampa Bay rookie running back Doug Martin had touchdown runs of 45, 67 and 70 yards. He ended up with 251 yards on 25 carries. Oakland was feeling good about its improved run defense going into the game. Not so much now.
Injuries pile up: The Raiders suffered several injuries, including one to running back Darren McFadden. He departed the game with an apparent lower leg injury. There is no word how long he will be out.
Sloppy game: Both teams made a lot of mistakes. Tampa Bay was penalized 14 times for 116 yards, and Oakland was flagged nine times for 80 yards. Tampa Bay committed pass interference on fourth down with Oakland down by 11 with less than six minutes remaining.
What’s next: Oakland plays at the Baltimore Ravens in what will be its toughest task since it faced Atlanta three weeks ago.