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Monday, November 21, 2011
Oakland Raiders: Moving on

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on after a 27-21 win over Minnesota on Sunday:

Recap: The Raiders kept their one-game lead in the AFC West over Denver by beating the Vikings. Oakland played much better in the first half than in the second half and it benefited from the Vikings’ mistakes. The Raiders accomplished what they needed to do and are now 6-4.

Biggest area to fix: The Raiders need to play better late in games. They could have easily let this game get away from them. Oakland hasn’t scored in the fourth quarter in the past five games. The Raiders are in control of the AFC West, but they must finish stronger.

Biggest area to build on: Carson Palmer, who started his third game at quarterback for the Raiders, is building chemistry with tight end Kevin Boss. He had five catches on Sunday after being targeted just 11 times all season. He is a weapon and Boss gives Oakland’s offense a strong dimension. Getting Boss more involved will help this offense immensely.

What to watch for: It looks like the Raiders will face the Chicago Bears at home Sunday without quarterback Jay Cutler, who reportedly has a broken thumb. Thus, the Raiders appear to have a prime opportunity to improve to 7-4.