Oakland Raiders: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 9

With two wins in their last three games, the Oakland Raiders are building a little momentum as the season nears the midway point. They can get to .500 by beating the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9, a game that is shaping up to be pivotal for both teams.

Before that, however, head coach Dennis Allen and his staff still have plenty to correct.

As nice as Sunday’s 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was, the Raiders didn’t exactly dominate and had to withstand a late surge by the Steelers before holding on and improving to 3-4.

The offense was completely shut down in the second half, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the passing attack never really clicked. Even defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, whose squad played perhaps its best game overall this season, couldn’t escape criticism.

Tarver was caught on national television flipping his middle finger at officials on the field after a penalty was initially called against the Raiders during the game against Pittsburgh. Tarver issued a statement of apology, though he’s still likely to get fined by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Here are a few other things to be thinking about as the Raiders prep for the game against the Eagles.

Division Standings

The Kansas City Chiefs got a tougher-than-expected game with the Cleveland Browns but held on for a 23-17 win to remain the NFL’s only unbeaten team at 8-0. Denver stayed a game back after rallying from an early deficit and scoring 38 unanswered points to overcome three interceptions and a fumble by quarterback Peyton Manning in a 45-21 win over the Washington Redskins. San Diego had the week off because of the bye and is three-and-a-half games off the pace at 4-3. The Raiders’ ability to shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed them to improve to 3-4 with a softer portion of their schedule coming up.

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