Coach Tom Cable has said twice in recent weeks that the number of penalties the Raiders have committed this season is not indicative of the kind of team they have.
The stats suggest otherwise.
Oakland is second in the league in penalties (112) and fourth in penalty yardage (890) after they were flagged 13 times for 126 yards on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The Raiders are only two penalties behind the Green Bay Packers with one game to play.
By comparison, they committed 109 penalties (third overall) for 823 yards (fifth) last season.
Cable said Heyward-Bey is questionable for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Heyward-Bey ran around, jumped, cut and caught passes without any apparent lingering effects from his injury.
"Big time," Cable said. "That's a big disappointment. The guy's been outstanding. "... Once you're to the 40(-yard line) or inside the opponent's 40, you start thinking about scoring points. He's someone you ... can rely on, and he's just been fantastic all year long."
Lechler has campaigned for Janikowski to get some Pro Bowl love for several years.
"His only three misses are 45, 57 and 66 (yards)," Lechler said. "Ninety-nine percent of the league wouldn't have attempted the 66, and he hit a 61-yarder last week at Cleveland under terrible conditions. "... I feel for him. He definitely deserves this. He's deserved it before."