Raiders shake off penalties, climb to No. 2 in power rankings

  • RAIDER RULE NO. 2: See Raider Rule No. 1.
  • Through 11 games, the Raiders lead the league in penalties (105) and penalty yardage (867), which is a relatively new development for second-year Raiders coach Jack Del Rio as his Jacksonville teams were some of the least penalized in the league at the time.
  • Raiders shake off penalties, climb to No. 2 in power rankings
  • You can hear former Raiders linebacker Matt Millen cackling as he recalls the signs, real or fictional, adorning Oakland’s locker room, the ones that read: RAIDER RULE NO. 1: Cheating is encouraged.
  • Then again, the Raiders did set an NFL record with 23 penalties for a franchise-record 200 yards in an overtime road victory Oct 30 against Tampa Bay.

Following their win against Carolina, the Raiders reached No. 2 in ESPN’s Power Rankings for the first time since the final 2002 regular-season poll.
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Stephen Jones on not trading: You can’t just overpay for something

  • Jones said that any temptation to make a deal was tempered by how much they would have had to give up.
  • “You can’t just overpay for something even though you may want it and it may be tempting,” Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . “
  • There was one other major consideration: salary cap.
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  • Jones said he believes that the Cowboys have a good group of young players on defense that have played well this season and “who keep getting better.”

There have been moments in the past when the Cowboys have overpaid in terms of trade compensation or lavish contracts to bring players onto their team, but they didn’t do that before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
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