ALAMEDA -- Most NFL coaches prefer their bye week somewhere near the middle of the season. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said his team's bye comes at an ideal time, given there's so much work to be done.
Allen said he and his coaching staff will spend an inordinate amount of time breaking down videotape from the first four games in an attempt to find answers to the Raiders' 1-3 start.
"We've got a lot of work to do," Allen said Monday, one day after the Raiders lost to the Denver Broncos 37-6. "We've got a lot of areas that we've got to improve on. This bye week comes at a good time for us, gives us a chance as coaches to look at and evaluate what we're doing, who we're doing it with and come up with solutions that can help us get better and help us win some games."
Specifically, Allen and his staff need to find out why the Raiders are getting outplayed in the second half, why the defense is allowing more than 31 points per game, why their run game is the league's worst and how the Raiders can jump-start things for the final 12 games.
This isn't what Allen hoped to be doing during the bye week. Yet, he said, he is confident that he and his staff can get things turned around before their next game, Oct. 14 against the Atlanta Falcons.
"We're not going to stick our head in the sand," Allen said. "We're going to evaluate everything and see what things we need to improve on and where we can get better, and there's a lot of things
Free safety Michael Huff said he believed the Raiders possessed a top-five defense entering the season. Huff said the most frustrating thing is that he and his defensive mates oftentimes are in position to make plays. Instead, many of their mistakes have been the kind that change the complexion of games.
"Plays are there to be made, but we just don't make them when it's time to make them ...," Huff said. "We see what we can be. We're still one play here, one play there. It's there to be had. We just got to make the plays."
Veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour sees a Raiders team that is on the verge. The keys are staying the course, paying attention to detail and being accountable.
"We got a week to think about it," Seymour said, "but anytime you play a game like that, you definitely want to get back on the field and get it going again. We have some work that needs to be done. If you're a competitor, you accept that challenge. I feel like we're headed in the right direction."
Running back Darren McFadden said he isn't worried about the Raiders' ineffectiveness running the ball so far.
"It's one of those
Barnes suffered his injury against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 16. He missed the past two games. He is week-to-week for now, Allen said.
Allen said he won't be able to gauge Spencer's status until Spencer sheds the boot. He has missed the past two games, as well.
Heyward-Bey got hurt Sept. 23 as a result of a helmet-to-helmet hit by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.
He was hospitalized overnight and has not practiced since the injury. He also suffered a strained neck.
The Raiders' review of the video from the game showed their defenders actually hit Manning nine times.
Oct. 14 game
Raiders (1-3) at Atlanta (4-0), 10 a.m., CBS