A 23-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles brought 13 more penalties for 94 yards and some of the defensive fouls were particularly troublesome.
The Eagles kept scoring drives alive twice because of Oakland penalties. A defensive holding penalty by Derrick Gibson in the second quarter negated an 11-yard sack of Donovan McNabb by Tommy Kelly, giving the Eagles a first down at the Oakland 44 instead of a third-and-21 at their own 40.
Philadelphia eventually scored on Brian Westbrook's 18-yard run.
In the third quarter, DeLawrence Grant was called for roughing the passer on third-and-10, giving the Eagles a first down at the Philadelphia 44. (Stanford Routt, who played sparingly, was also called for illegal contact on the play).
Again, the Eagles went on to score a touchdown, this time on McNabb's 4-yard pass to Terrell Owens.
The Eagles' final drive for the game-winning field goal included an illegal contact foul on Nnamdi Asomugha, with Philadelphia picking up a first down at the 12.
"I think there were penalties on both sides of the ball, and that's part of the deal," coach Norv Turner said. "That's part of the deal, if you're playing pass coverage. There are jams, bangs. We're trying to eliminate them. I think we've done better over the past couple of weeks. We've just got to keep working at it."
Getting better? The Raiders,
Included in Sunday's flag fest were three penalties on Robert Gallery (two false starts and a facemask), two on Gibson which resulted in first downs, a false start by Randy Moss and a too-many-men-on-the-field penalty on a punt The Raiders had three penalties declined, two holds on Langston Walker and an illegal contact foul on Routt.
"We have had too many in the last couple of games, and we have to get rid of them," Gallery said. "I'm disappointed I got nailed with a penalty at a crucial time in the game."
UNHAPPY HOMECOMING: Defensive end Derrick Burgess, Oakland's prize defensive acquisition, played extensively but finished with two tackles and no sacks against his former team.
"It was hard, because we didn't get a couple of things done to stop them," Burgess said.
However, he wasn't altogether surprised to see McNabb drive the Eagles to victory despite playing with groin and sternum injuries.
"He pulled a Superman and stayed out there and did what he does usually," Burgess said.
WOODSON WOOZY: Cornerback Charles Woodson left briefly in the second half following a helmet-to-helmet collision with L.J. Smith, but returned to the game.
"I just got a little dazed there for a minute, that's pretty much what it was," Woodson said.
Woodson, like most of his teammates, believes the Raiders can pull out of the 0-3 record and become competitive in the AFC West.
"I just look at it like we're a good team," Woodson said. "I believe that. This is three games in. We're 0-3, but I think we can turn it around. That's how I'm looking at it."
NO PROBLEM: Although the Raiders stayed relatively stubborn attempting to run, they could never break through against an Eagles defensive line that was without run-stopping tackle Darwin Walker, who was out with an injury.
Rookie Mike Patterson, a first-round draft pick from USC, filled in and had three tackles, a sack and forced a fumble.
On seven of LaMont Jordan's 19 carries, he was either thrown for a loss or had no gain.
EXTRA POINTS: WR Doug Gabriel, in his first game since undergoing surgery on a finger, had two receptions, including the game-tying 27-yard touchdown reception. RB Justin Fargas, active for the first time this season, took a vicious hit on an incomplete sideline pass attempt from QB Kerry Collins and carried once for two yards. ... CB Fabian Washington moved into the secondary rotation ahead of Routt. He finished with three tackles, including an open-field tackle of Greg Lewis, and had one pass defensed. ... Warren Sapp's interception in the first half was his first since 2002 against the Minnesota Vikings. ... Woodson and Kirk Morrison led the Raiders in tackles with eight. All of Woodson's were unassisted. ... Although Oakland got decent pressure on McNabb, the lone sack was credited to Grant. ... Jeremiah Trotter led the Eagles with 10 tackles, with Dhani Jones getting eight. ... Inactives for the Raiders were WR Carlos Francis, WR Johnnie Morant, CB Denard Walker, FB John Paul Foschi, G Corey Hulsey, WR Ronald Curry and DT Terdell Sands. Curry is expected to go on injured reserve this week after suffering a torn Achilles' tendon.