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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Raiders win without their best

By Bill Williamson

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Don’t get the Oakland Raiders wrong.

They are thrilled to get their first win since Week 3 and they are tickled to be 2-4 and a game out of first place in the AFC West. However, Oakland knows it needs to improve if it is going to make any noise this season.

The Raiders were sloppy at times and they fell behind Jacksonville 20-6 in the second half. The Jaguars were playing without quarterback Blaine Gabbert and running back Maurice Jones-Drew for much of the game. Gabbert’s backup, Chad Henne, was awful.

Still, the Raiders needed overtime to beat the Jaguars, 26-23.

When asked if he was pleased with the way his team played. Oakland coach Dennis Allen said, “absolutely not.”

Oakland was much better in a 23-20 loss at Atlanta last week.

“It’s funny, we played well last week and lost,” Oakland defensive back Michael Huff said. “This week, we didn’t play so well and we won.”

Several other Oakland players echoed that sentiment.

Still, a win is a win and Oakland shouldn’t feel bad about it. With Kansas City and Tampa Bay looming, the Raiders have a legitimate chance to be 4-4 at the halfway mark.

Here are some other thoughts from the game: