Penalties have certainly been a problem for the Lions over the last month.
In their last four games, they’ve been flagged 40 times for a total of 321 yards. They were penalized eight times against the Panthers, 11 times against the Packers and Saints and 10 times Sunday against the Vikings.
But as bad as it’s been for the Lions, it’s been worse for the Raiders.
Over that same span, the Raiders have been flagged 47 times for 341 yards. They were flagged 12 times for 117 yards back on November 20 against the Vikings.
“It gets frustrating when it continues to happen, but it’s something that we got to continue to just focus on that part of the game,” Raiders tight end Kevin Boss said in a conference call with the Detroit media this week. “It’s just a matter of concentration and some of the personal foul things are just a matter of staying within yourself and not letting those things bother you.
“It can be difficult to deal with, just because it’s drive stoppers and it’s just hurting yourself. So, when you start hurting yourself instead of the opposing team beating you, that’s when it becomes really frustrating.”
I won’t venture any guesses on the number of flags we might see in Oakland on Sunday. However, if I were setting the over/under in Vegas, I might start at 20 and see where it goes.
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