ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Playing in a division with the NFL's lone remaining unbeaten team is making it tough for the Oakland Raiders to stay in contention.
Coach Dennis Allen made it clear Friday that if the Raiders are to make a run at ending their 10-year playoff drought, they can't afford to lose any more ground in the AFC West.
The timing could be right for Oakland to make a move, too.
The Raiders (3-4) are in the midst of a monthlong stretch against five teams with sub-.500 records, including Sunday's home game against Philadelphia.
A win against the Eagles would get Oakland to the break-even point by the season's midway mark for just the third time in the last decade.