The Oakland Raiders were looking for their third straight win. Instead they gave up 515 total yards and allowed rookie running back Doug Martin to rush for a Tampa Bay team record 251 yards and four touchdowns. The Raiders had a chance to complete a comeback late in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Carson Palmer was intercepted.
Running back Darren McFadden left the game with a leg injury and did not return. The x-rays came back negative, but the injury and the Raiders being down forced Palmer to throw 61 times completing 39. He passed for 414 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He fought valiantly to bring the Raiders back into the game, but his fourth quarter interception, with the Raiders trailing 35-32, sealed the Buccaneers win.
Oakland was leading at halftime because Palmer connected with rookie Rod Streater on a 25 yard touchdown pass, making it 10-7 Raiders. The Raiders scored another touchdown on a 47 yard pass to Derek Hagan, but it was called back by a Willie Smith hold. After the break, the Raiders gave up 21 straight points in the third quarter, two coming on Doug Martin runs. He broke loose for touchdowns of 45 and 67 yards. Josh Freeman also connected with Mike Williams for a four yard score making it 28-10 entering the fourth quarter. Oakland has been outscored 88-24 in the third quarter this season.
The Raiders offense came to life when Palmer found tight end Brandon Myers for his first career touchdown. One play later Martin responded breaking a 70 yard touchdown run, where the Raiders defenders barely got a hand on him. Palmer would answer finding Myers again for a score and making it a 35-24 game.
After a LeGarrette Blount fumble, the Raiders took over looking to make it a one possession game. Palmer led an inspired drive relying heavily of fullback Marcel Reece. Reece played his best game of the year after injuries took McFadden and Mike Goodson out of the game. Oakland converted two fourth downs before Palmer found Reece for a 13 yard touchdown. On the two point conversion, Palmer was heavily pressured, but threw a pass into the endzone that was caught by rookie Juron Criner with great effort, making it a 35-32 Tampa lead.
Needing a stop to have a chance to tie or even win the game, the Raiders defense forced a three and out. Palmer and the offense took over, but he made a terrible decision and was intercepted. For as well as he played, his turnovers have killed the Raiders this season. The Buccaneers took possession and Martin punched in for his fourth touchdown of the game to ensure the win.
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