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Raiders stay tough, often too tough

Former Florida State standout Sebastian Janikowski hit a 63-yard field goal for the Raiders on Monday to tie an NFL record in Oakland’s 23-20 victory over the Broncos.

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Former Florida State standout Sebastian Janikowski hit a 63-yard field goal for the Raiders on Monday to tie an NFL record in Oakland’s 23-20 victory over the Broncos.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Hue Jackson talked about building the Raiders into a bully ever since he was named coach nearly eight months ago.

With 190 yards rushing behind a bruising line, five sacks and a defensive front that held Denver to 38 yards rushing, consider it mission accomplished in a 23-20 win that gave Oakland its first season-opening victory since the 2002 AFC title season.

"If somebody tells me we can do that every game, as far as rushing the ball and getting a lot of sacks, I am going to tell you we are going to win a lot of games," Jackson said.

But one thing that has plagued the Raiders in a run of eight straight non-winning seasons was still apparent: 15 penalties for 131 yards. The Raiders, who led the league with 148 penalties a year ago, started this season in similar fashion.

"I'm not here to tell you it's going to stop next week or the week after, but I want you to know and I want our fans to know that we're working at it," Jackson said. "I'm not just going to just sweep it under the carpet and say, 'Okay, it is what it is,' because we won the game. I don't think that's right."

Darren McFadden ran for 150 yards on 22 carries. Then, with Oakland protecting a three-point lead in the final four minutes, Michael Bush had runs of 10 and 12 yards for two first downs to help kill the clock.

Sebastian Janikowski tied the NFL record for the longest field goal with a 63-yarder at the end of the first half, giving the Raiders a 16-3 lead.

"To be honest, I didn't hit it that good," said Janikowski, the former Florida State standout. "It barely got over the bar."

He tied the mark of Tom Dempsey in 1970 for the Saints and Jason Elam in 1998 for the Broncos — also in Denver's altitude, at the old Mile High Stadium.

Meanwhile, Broncos coach John Fox said Tuesday he's sticking with Kyle Orton despite the loss, which ended with Broncos fans chanting "Tebow! Tebow!" for backup and former Florida star Tim Tebow.

Orton threw for 304 yards but had 22 incompletions in 46 attempts and only one touchdown with one interception.

BILLS: Receiver Marcus Easley is on injured reserve for the second straight year after missing Sunday's game in Kansas City with what the team said was an illness. The Buffalo News reported that Easley has a heart condition. He missed his rookie season in 2010 with a knee injury.

BROWNS: Brad Maynard signed to become Cleveland's third punter this season. Richmond McGee went on injured reserve with a herniated disc in his back. Last year's starter, Reggie Hodges, is out for the season with an Achilles' injury.

CHARGERS: Veteran kicker Nick Novak signed a two-year deal to replace injured Nate Kaeding.

COWBOYS: Frank Walker was signed to bolster a depleted cornerback spot. Orlando Scandrick (ankle) is expected to miss at least one game, Terence Newman (groin) has been out since training camp and former USF star Mike Jenkins was in and out of the opener at the Jets because of a variety of injuries.

DOLPHINS: A day after getting beaten on Wes Welker's 99-yard touchdown catch and run in Monday's loss to New England, corner Benny Sapp was cut, according to a post on agent Andrew Simms' Twitter page.

JETS: Quarterback Mark Sanchez said he is fine after being tested for a concussion following the team's victory over Dallas. Sanchez acknowledged the tests during his weekly spot on New York's 1050 ESPN Radio.

PANTHERS: The team reached deals with nose tackle Ron Fields and guard Reggie Wells.

STEELERS: Offensive lineman Jamon Meredith signed to replace tackle Willie Colon, who had season-ending surgery on his torn right triceps.

NEW SUIT: Carl Eller heads a new class-action suit on behalf of retired players, but not against the league. They're suing the NFL Players' Association, union head DeMaurice Smith, and two of the 10 plaintiffs in the former antitrust case against the league filed during the lockout: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former Patriot Mike Vrabel, now the linebackers coach at Ohio State.

APOLOGY: Monday Night Football analyst Ron Jaworski apologized on air after accidentally cursing during his commentary on ESPN. Jaworski uttered an expletive before saying of Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne, "You have to get rid of this ball."

STORM: The Arena League team re-signed former USF receiver Amarri Jackson, offensive linemen Jorge Guerra and Tom Kaleita and defensive back Colin Nelson to begin the league's three-week exclusive team re-signing period.

Raiders stay tough, often too tough 09/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:25pm]
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