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Moving on: Oakland Raiders

10/10/2011

Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on after a 25-20 road victory over the Houston Texans:

Recap: The Raiders’ win was the story of the NFL season thus far and perhaps the greatest regular-season moment in the history of the franchise. The Raiders sealed it on the final play of the game – on a Michael Huff interception in the end zone after the Texans got inside the Oakland 5-yard line – on the day after legendary owner Al Davis died at age 82. This was simply an unforgettable game for a storied franchise. It’s a great feeling in Oakland as about 500 fans waited for the Raiders to return to their facility Sunday night upon their arrival from Houston. Classy move, Raider Nation.

Biggest area to fix: The team’s biggest problems — allowing big plays on defense and committing penalties — continue to be an issue. But the Raiders need to work immediately on a much easier problem to fix: the run game. The Raiders, who entered Sunday as the NFL's best rushing team, were held to 94 yards. Watch for Oakland to try to get back to dominating on the ground in Week 6 against the visiting Cleveland Browns.

Biggest area to build on: The good karma. No team is flying as high as the Raiders right now. They have to maintain the positive momentum and keep on rolling.

What to watch for: The emotions of Davis’ death should continue in Week 6, with the Raiders playing their first home game since his passing. Expect the Black Hole to be awash with emotion as Oakland starts a three-game home stretch that also includes Kansas City and Denver.