THIS WEEK’S NOTABLE STORYLINES:
- The Raiders travel to face the Carolina Panthers Sunday, marking the Silver and Black’s fifth and final trip to the Eastern Time Zone this season.
- Oakland snapped a six-game skid with last week’s 15-0 win over Kansas City, only the fifth NFL shutout in 2012 and the first for the Silver and Black since 2002.
Carson Palmerneeds just 13 passing yards to become the second Raider to reach 4,000 yards in a single season. Rich Gannon holds the Silver and Black’s all-time single-season record with 4,689 passing yards in 2002.
- Palmer currently ranks third on the Raiders’ single-season list in attempts (562), third in completions (342) and 14th in touchdowns (22).
- K Sebastian Janikowski was 5-for-6 on field-goal attempts in last week’s win over the Chiefs, falling one short of his career high and marking the fifth time that he has kicked five-or-more field goals in a game.
- Two of Janikowski’s field goals came from 50-or-more yards out. He has booted 42 career field goals of 50-or-more yards, moving into a tie with John Kasay for second place all-time in field goals of 50-or-more yards.
- For the second straight week, the Raiders will be facing a top-10 rushing offense, as the Panthers rank ninth in the NFL with 4.3 yards per attempt.
RAIDERS TRAVEL TO TAKE ON CAROLINA: After three straight home games, the Raiders travel to face the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium Sunday. The game will mark the fifth this season in the Eastern Time Zone, a franchise high.
THE SERIES: The Raiders and Panthers have met just four times since Carolina joined the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1995, and the series is tied at two victories apiece. The Panthers won the last meeting between the two teams, posting a 17-6 win in Oakland on Nov. 9, 2008. The Raiders took the last decision at Carolina, recording a 27-24 triumph on Nov. 7, 2004.
LOOKING AHEAD: Below are the Raiders’ 2013 regular-season opponents, according to the 2012 NFL Record and Fact Book:
Home: Den., KC, SD, Jac., Ten., Phi., Was., AFC North (TBD)
Away: Den., KC, SD, Hou., Ind., Dal., NYG, AFC East (TBD)
PALMER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: QB Carson Palmer is in the midst of one the most prolific passing seasons in Raider history. With two games remaining, Palmer already ranks third on the Raiders’ single-season list in attempts (562), third in completions (342), second in yards (3,987) and 14th in touchdowns (22).
RARE 4,000: QB Carson Palmer needs just 13 passing yards to reach 4,000 for the season. Palmer can become just the second quarterback in Raider history to pass for 4,000, joining Rich Gannon, who totaled 4,689 yards in 2002.
AIR YARDS vs. YAC: The Raiders rank first in the NFL with 1,966 yards after the catch (YAC).
FIVE FOR SEABASS: K Sebastian Janikowski went 5-for-6 on field-goal attempts vs. Kansas City last week, marking the fifth time that he has kicked five or more field goals in a game.
STREAKING STREATER: Rookie WR
CLUTCH vs. CAROLINA: K Sebastian Janikowski has played against Carolina just three times during his 13-year NFL career, but he produced notable performances in each of those games.
- Dec. 24, 2000: During his rookie season, Janikowski tied a then-franchise record with seven PATs in a 52-9 victory over the Panthers. Janikowski would break that mark a decade later with eight PATs on Oct. 24, 2010, at Denver.
- Nov. 7, 2004: Janikowski booted two field goals, including the game-winner with six seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Silver and Black to a 27-24 road triumph. It marked Janikowski’s sixth career game-winning field goal.
- Nov. 9, 2008: Janikowski kicked two field goals in a 17-6 loss, surpassing George Blanda as the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer with 865 career points.
LATE-SCORE LEADERS: K Sebastian Janikowski booted a 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half vs. Kansas City on Dec. 16, giving the Raiders an NFL-high 82 points at the end of a half.
TRAVELING FAR AND WIDE: Sunday’s game will mark the last of five games for the Raiders in the Eastern Time Zone this season, most in franchise history. The Raiders this season will have flown a league-high 28,692 miles, more than the 25,000-mile trek around globe. None of their East Coast trips have come on consecutive weeks, and they will have left California just once – this week at Carolina – over the season’s final five weeks. The Raiders, Seahawks and Chargers will all travel “around the world” at least once this season.
GROUND CHALLENGE: For the second straight week, the Raiders will be facing a top-10 rushing attack, as the Panthers rank ninth in the NFL with an average of 4.3 yards per carry. Last week, the Raiders limited the Chiefs, who entered the contest with the league’s No. 5 rushing offense, to just 10 yards on the ground, matching a franchise single-game record.
THREE OVER 100: Three Oakland defenders have recorded 100-or-more tackles so far this season, marking the first time since 2006 that three Raiders have reached the century mark. In 2006, LB Kirk Morrison (127), LB Thomas Howard (110) and S Stuart Schweigert (107) all topped 100.
INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS vs. CAROLINA: K Sebastian Janikowski tied a then-franchise record with seven PATs vs. Carolina on Dec. 24, 2000...Janikowski kicked a 19-yard, game-winning field goal in a 27-24 victory at Carolina on Nov. 7, 2004...Janikowski broke George Blanda’s career franchise scoring record of 863 points with a 45-yard field goal vs. Carolina on Nov. 9, 2008...DT