Raiders struggle again in loss to Panthers

Sebastian Janikowski became the Raiders career scoring leader but little else went right for the Silver and Black in Sunday's 17-6 loss to Carolina. Check out the highlights and lowlights and what the coaches and players had to say about it.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

· Kicker Sebastian Janikowski made two of his three field goal attempts to move past Hall of Famer George Blanda into first place on the Raiders' all-time scoring list. Janikowski's 865 points are two ahead of Blanda's mark (863).

· Punter Shane Lechler carried a 50.5-yard average despite setting a personal record for kicks in one game (11). With the offense in neutral for most of the game, the Raiders' veteran punter had the busiest day of his career and kept Oakland in favorable field position most of the game.

· The running game got a much-needed boost from Justin Fargas, who rushed for a team-high 89 yards on 22 carries. That's the most yards by an Oakland running back since Week 2.

· Safety Rashad Baker and linebacker Sam Williams, both of whom played sparingly during the first half of the season, combined for three of the Raiders' four interceptions. Baker had two while Williams, starting in place of injured strongside linebacker Ricky Brown, recorded his first career pick.



WHAT WENT WRONG

· Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme became just the second quarterback since the merger to throw four interceptions, complete less than 30 percent of his passes and still win a game. Ken Anderson was the other, going 4 of 19 with four picks and 75 yards in 14-10 win over Raiders on Oct. 19, 1975, according to Stats LLC.

· Kick returner Johnnie Lee Higgins fumbled the opening kickoff and the Panthers turned it into a quick touchdown 95 seconds into the first quarter. Higgins had a miserable day all around, averaging 2.4 yards on punt returns while being held without a catch on offense.

· The Raiders had no answer for Panthers' defensive end Julius Peppers, who dominated whatever player Oakland put in front of him. Mostly it was left tackle Kwame Harris getting abused by Peppers, who had three sacks, seven tackles, a quarterback hurry, two forced fumbles and a pass defensed.

· Quarterback JaMarcus Russell was held out of the game due to lingering tendonitis in his right knee. Russell was held out of practice Friday and tried to warm up prior to Sunday's game but Cable and the coaching staff decided to hold him out. At one point Russell began warming up after Andrew Walter got hurt in the second half but Walter finished the game after coming out briefly.

· Oakland's run defense had done a pretty good job most of the day against Carolina's DeAngelo Williams but the Raiders fell apart on one key play in the second quarter when Williams broke loose for a 69-yard touchdown. Three different Oakland players missed tackle attempts, allowing Williams to get into the secondary where he was able to outrun a couple Raider players to the end zone.

BY THE NUMBERS

47,888: The announced attendance for the game, the smallest crowd size for an Oakland home game since 2006. The Raiders had sold out their previous eight home games.

31.1: Quarterback rating for Andrew Walter, who completed 14 of 32 throws for 143 yards and two interceptions. Walter was also sacked three times.

37:02: Time of possession for Oakland, which still couldn't get into the end zone for the second straight game.

12: Third-down conversion percentage for the Raiders, who made just 2 of 17 opportunities. Oakland actually converted its first third down try but went into the tank after that.

INJURIES

· Center Jake Grove suffered a calf injury in the first half and had to be helped off the field. One player after being called for a personal foul, Grove crumpled to the turf after quarterback Andrew Walter threw an incompletion in the second quarter. He never returned, leaving Chris Morris to play the rest of the game.

· Wide receiver Chaz Schilens was unable to finish the game due to a high ankle sprain. His status is uncertain.

· Quarterback Andrew Walter also sprained his right ankle and had to leave the game briefly, turning the offense over to veteran backup Marques Tuiasosopo.

· Kicker Sebastian Janikowski suffered a quad injury on his kicking leg during his 58-yard field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter, though the kicker doesn't believe it's serious.



THEY SAID IT

· "Obviously the proof is the effort we just put on the field, with all the changes and everything that were made, the things that went through this week. Shoot, if we play like that in the second half we'll win more than we lose, and I really believe that. I told them that. That's a great effort, but it's got to be more execution. Period, end of story."

-- Raiders head coach Tom Cable

· "I thought it went as far as feel goes fine. We couldn't catch a break. It was tough as an offense. We couldn't get into a rhythm all day."

-- Quarterback Andrew Walter on making his first start since 2006

· "I really can't call it. It's just a situation where we've got better. We've got to find the hunger when we get down close to red zone smell the find the end zone and we take shots at it."

-- Running back Justin Fargas

· "He is one of the best guys out there. He is a young and upcoming corner. The thing I love about him is he doesn't promote himself."

-- Carolina wide receiver on Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha


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