Cornerback Chris Johnson said the Raiders have a shot at running the table after a 2-6 start.
"If you really want to look at it, you can go 8-0 and you might end up 10-6," Johnson said Wednesday. "There's a possible way you can actually do it."
It all starts with a home game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that has beaten the Raiders at the Coliseum each of the past six seasons. Also, the Raiders have lost their past six times after the bye week.
Middle linebacker Kirk Morrison said the Raiders made the most of their practice time and off-field studies during the bye week.
"We looked at ourselves, made some corrections, and now it's trying to go out there and put what we did in this bye week to use," Morrison said. "I feel like there's a lot of good football that we have left to play, and we've got to go out and show everybody that what we did in the first half is really not what this football team is all about."
The Raiders are chasing the San Diego Chargers (5-3, including two victories against the Raiders), the Houston Texans (5-4, including a win against the Raiders), the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) and the New York Jets (4-4, including a victory over the Raiders). Also ahead of the Raiders are the Baltimore Ravens (4-4), Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4), Miami Dolphins (3-5) and Buffalo Bills (3-5).
Initially, it was revealed that Ellis' surgery Nov."4 was only on his knee. Coach Tom Cable announced Wednesday that Ellis also had shoulder surgery.