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Josh Jacobs broke 1,000 yards for the season before the first quarter was over. The Raiders reached 100 penalties before halftime.
The penalties turned out to be a bigger deal than Jacob’s ability to gain yards Sunday in a 40-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
In their most important game of the season, where a win would have put them in first place (by tiebreakers) in the AFC West, the Raiders had 12 penalties for 99 yards. The Chiefs had zero.
It’s only the third time since 1940 there has been a 12-0 penalty disparity or worse since 1940, accoridng to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press.
“I think it was just our inability to stay away from the penalties and put ourselves in horrible situations,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “We had the penalties in the kicking game. We had I think four defensive false starts.”
The Raiders actually had one offsides and two neutral zone infractions on defense, plus a false start on offense for four pre-snap penalties. It was hardly a new phenomenon. The Raiders heading in to Week 14 have 104 penalties, trailing only Jacksonville (105). Their 914 penalty yards are behind only Cleveland and Jacksonville.
The flags started right away, with DeAndre Washington called for holding on the opening kickoff return by Trevor Davis, with the Raiders opening at the 14-yard line.
Gruden gave Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes partial credit for the issues along the defensive front.
“The guy’s got a tremendous snap count. He gets a lot of people,” Gruden said. “He got us big time today. I’m not going to make excuses. Young player, veteran player, cold weather, great hard count. You’ve got to watch the ball, you’ve got to have more discipline than we had today and that’s a reflection on me, guys.”
The Raiders looked to be on the wrong end of the whistle a couple of times, including a third-and-11 defensive holding penalty and Nevin Lawson and a pass interception in the end zone by Trayvon Mullen that was challenged by the Chiefs and then ruled a pass interference penalty.
While addressing two interceptions from his own quarterback Derek Carr, Gruden said of the Mullen play, “We had an interception we felt like we did intercept that was turned over by the Wizard of Oz or somebody. I don’t know what happened on that. That was a big play in the game, no doubt.”
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) December 1, 2019
A look at the Raiders’ 12 penalties and how they impacted the game:
1. Offensive holding DeAndre Washington, 10 yards
Flag on first play of game on opening kickoff return by Trevor Davis.
Impact: Raiders opened first possession at the 14-yard line instead of the 24-yard line.
2. Offensive pass interference, Darren Waller, 10 yards
Began blocking before ball was thrown on screen pass.
Impact: Erased 5-yard gain, put ball on Raiders 26 with first-and-20. On second-and-12, Carr followed with an pass intended for Waller intercepted by Tyrann Mathiew. Chiefs drove 47 yards in seven plays for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
3. Offsides, Benson Mayowa, 4 yards
Jumped across line of scrimmage before ball was snapped.
Impact: Turned a Chiefs third-and-8 play into third-and-goal at the 3.. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Derrell Williams for a 7-0 lead.
4. Offensive holding, Gabe Jackson, 10 yards
Called for a holding on 1-yard run by Josh Jacobs.
Impact: None. Carr hit DeAndre Washington for a 28-yard gain on the next snap.
5. False start, Trent Brown, 5 yards
Jumped before snap with Carr in shotgun formation.
Impact: Turned third-and-3 play into third-and-8. Carr threw incomplete on the next play. A.J. Cole punted the Chiefs back to the 2-yard line.
6. Neutral zone infraction, Clelin Ferrell, 5 yards
Raiders rookie had his seventh pre-snap penalty of the season.
Impact: With Chiefs backed up at the 2-yard line, penalty gave them some room to operate at the 7. Chiefs pushed it out to the 32-yard line before punting.