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Raiders sliding down familiar path

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

"We haven't made enough plays at the end of football games to be able to win those games," Allen said Friday. "(If) we keep giving ourselves opportunities, we keep putting ourselves in those positions, eventually ... we'll make those plays at the end of the games and we'll win those games."

The problem is they haven't.

Oakland built a 21-7 lead over Dallas in the second quarter before the Cowboys stormed back to win. A week earlier, the Raiders let a 19-16 lead slip away in the final moments of a loss to the Tennessee Titans.

They also blew fourth-quarter leads against the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants, and lost to Washington after holding the advantage at halftime.

Gone is talk of a possible playoff run, replaced by the mere hope of winning out and avoiding a losing record for the ninth time since 2002.

"I understand where we're at from a record standpoint, but these guys have gone out there and given us everything that they've had every single week," Allen said. "I continue to expect to see that for the last four weeks of the season. They're learning experiences for us and hopefully guys are continuing to learn from it."

Oakland has a nine-day break between games and needs the extra rest.

Running back Rashad Jennings suffered a concussion against Dallas and will have to go through NFL protocol before being cleared to play. Right guard Mike Brisiel was knocked out of the game with a knee injury, while safety Usama Young injured his neck.

Even at full strength, it has been a tough haul for the Raiders in November.

Oakland's last three losses have come by seven points or fewer. The only win came against a Houston team that had dropped seven straight going in.


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