Oakland Raiders: Moving on

Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on after a 31-19 home loss to New England on Sunday:

Recap: It was a tough day for the Raiders in a spotlight game against a top AFC opponent. Last week, the Raiders were on the top of the world after an impressive win over the New York Jets. This week, the Raiders were outclassed by the Patriots in a game the home team made way too many mistakes on both sides ball.

Biggest area to fix: The Raiders are allowing an average of 28 points a game. Opponents are hammering Oakland in the air and on the ground. At some point soon, the Raiders are going to have to step up and make plays on defense or all of the great improvements on the offensive side of the ball will be neutralized.

Biggest area to build on: Folks, we can’t say enough about the Raiders’ offensive line. This has long been a weak spot. But the group is playing well. Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell has been sacked just twice all season, and the unit has been strong in run blocking.

What to watch for: The Raiders are actually in a good spot this week. Yes, they have a tough road test at Houston. But with very winnable home games against Cleveland and Kansas City upcoming in the two games prior to the bye, the Raiders are in a good position. If they lose at Houston, they can still easily be 4-3 at the bye. If they can knock off the Texans, the Raiders have a chance to be in great shape at the bye.