Raiders News: Las Vegas’ most penalized team in the NFL

The Las Vegas Raiders have always been known as the NFL’s bad boys.

Dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, when players like George Atkinson and Lyle Alzado scared opponents, penalties abound for the Raiders. Although the rules may have changed over the years, the Silver and Black have always drawn more flags than any other team.

This year was no different as recent study by Mike Tannenbaum, former CEO of the New York Jets and Executive Vice President of Miami Dolphins, The 33rd team revealed that Las Vegas was the most penalized team in the league this season. After being flagged nine times for 68 yards, the Raiders passed the Cowboys for first place on the 33rd Team Discipline Index:

As a reminder, the 33rd team’The Discipline Index combines the number of penalties, penalties and turnovers per game to show which teams are capable of playing the most error-free football in any given week, writes Brian Fiedland of the 33rd Team.

Sitting 31st on the Discipline Index, the Las Vegas Raiders moved past 32nd Dallas Cowboys as the NFL’s most penalized team, winning 8 giving up 8 penalties per game. After struggling in Week 13 against No. 27-ranked Kansas City, the Raiders are also giving up the most yards on goal of any team each week.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Raiders fans that the team has been heavily penalized for years. The Silver and Black Rank second for most league-leading seasons in flags with 15, like the Chicago Bears are the only organization ahead of the Raiders.

Then again, it sort of comes with the “bad boy” image that the organization has pushed for years, so I guess Raider Nation will have to take the bad with the good.

In other Raiders links:

  • Three Raiders are heading to the Pro Bowl: Defensive end Maxx Crosby, linebacker Denzel Perryman and punter AJ Cole will represent Las Vegas in Las Vegas.
  • Crosby reacts to the Pro Bowl selection: “I was in rehab two years ago. And now I’m in the Pro Bowl,” the passer said in a video posted by the team.
  • Raiders a comeback game in the Wild Card race: they are behind a tie at four for three places and a half game behind the Steelers, however.
  • Kurt Warner’s jacket steals the show: the Hall of Fame quarterback was on call for the Raiders game and was the talk about the first half with his very puffy and very shiny silver jacket.

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