Raiders need concerted push to contend for playoffs

  • Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen gestures during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A win against the Eagles would get Oakland to the break-even point by the season's midway mark for just the third time in the last decade and would be another step forward in the franchise's rebuilding efforts that began following the death of late owner Al Davis.

That was in 2011, the year before Allen was hired by general manager Reggie McKenzie to replace former coach Hue Jackson.

Since the two men came aboard, Allen and McKenzie have orchestrated a massive makeover. Only 13 players remain on the roster from the 2011 team, nearly half of which came from that season's draft class.

"It's important for us to get to .500 this early in the season because it hasn't been done here in a while," defensive end Lamarr Houston said.

"That would be a huge step for us as a team and proof of who we are."

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