Raiders: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 10

Still smarting from the 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9, the Oakland Raiders don’t have much time to sort through the mess. With a cross-country trip to New York on the horizon, Dennis Allen’s team needs to fix what went wrong in a hurry.

At least the news regarding quarterback Terrelle Pryor seemed encouraging. Pryor suffered a knee sprain and underwent tests immediately after the game and again on Monday. None showed any significant damage, and the hope is that Pryor will be cleared to play.

Correcting the breakdowns on defense has to be a main priority and shouldn’t be that difficult to do. Yes, Nick Foles did torch Oakland for an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes. And yes, the Eagles had nearly 550 yards of offense.

However, for the seven games prior to that, the Raiders had played pretty well on that side of the ball. It’s unlikely one game, albeit a rough one, will send the defense into any type of extended tailspin.

What might not be an easy fix is the psyche of the players. The talk much of the last week was on how much the Raiders had improved and how well they had been playing for the most part, particularly on defense. Then they went out and got punched in the mouth by Nick Foles.

Getting the defense back on track and figuring out some of the issues on offense will be prime topics as Oakland prepares to play the New York Giants. Here are a few other things to consider heading into Week 10.


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