9:06 AM EST, Sun November 29, 2015

Big key for Raiders has been blocking up front

PITTSBURGH — Donald Penn was down 9-2 in a game of hoops with backup offensive lineman Matt McCants. The Raiders’ starting left tackle went on to win 11-9, and he cracked a smile when he was asked if there were any fouls called during his later run. Penn was an all-state high school basketball player, and right tackle Austin Howard and injured tackle Menelik Watson played hoops in college. “Austin Howard, he’s one of the biggest guys I’ve ever seen in my life, and he’s 15 yards down field getting a cut block,” quarterback Derek Carr said. The Raiders have improved from...

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