ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Raiders' blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend was a wake-up call, no doubt. But will the Raiders actually get up this time, rather than hit the figurative snooze button?
Without guaranteeing the Raiders would not lose six straight games, as they did last year after being 3-4, Oakland coach Dennis Allen insisted this is a different team than the one that, well, lost six straight games after being 3-4.
So while there may have been a sense of dread last year when the 3-5 Raiders ventured east to take on the Baltimore Ravens, an omen that was confirmed with a 55-20 loss, this 3-5 Oakland team is actually looking forward to a trip to face the New York Giants. For more than the obvious reasons.
“Absolutely, there's no question there's a bad taste in our mouth right now but that one's over with, that one's done with and I can promise you we'll have a bunch of guys who will be ready to get back to work and practice on Wednesday,” Allen said in his weekly media conference on Monday.
“Our coaches will be up there this afternoon, we'll start the game-planning process and we'll comb through the tape as vigorously as we can, and we'll have a good plan put together.”
The Eagles had not scored an offensive touchdown in their previous two games and were without their starting quarterback in the injured Michael Vick. Nick Foles responded by tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes.
“We obviously didn't play well, we have to own that,” Allen added. “We're all responsible for it, everybody -- coaches and players. We have to come out and we have to play better. We have a group of prideful men in that locker room, coaches and players, and we're going to take the necessary steps, we're going to do the things we have to do to get those things corrected and we'll play better football.
“It's one game, it's one day, it's one loss ... we know we didn't play as well as we're capable of playing.”
The Raiders have not won a game in the Eastern Time Zone in their past 11 tries, getting outscored by a combined 353-178. The last time Oakland played at the Giants, the Raiders were routed, 44-7, on Oct. 11, 2009.
Sensing that trend?
What Allen did guarantee, however, had more to do with effort than results.
“We also understand the way we played in the (Philadelphia) game the other day is not indicative of the team we have in that locker room and not indicative of the team that we've put out on the field up to this point,” Allen said, “and won't be indicative of the team we're going to put out going forward.”