The Oakland Raiders haven't faced the stiffest competition lately, but they're heading in the right direction.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers know they'll have to keep moving forward without All-Pro left guard Carl Nicks.
Oakland goes for a season-best third consecutive win on Sunday when a Buccaneers victory would give them rare back-to-back road wins.
After opening 1-4, the Raiders (3-4) are back in the thick of the AFC West race after beating Jacksonville in overtime on Oct. 21 and last Sunday's 26-16 victory at Kansas City. Those certainly weren't signature wins - the Jaguars and Chiefs have two of the league's worst records - but Oakland is riding some positive momentum as it begins a stretch of five of seven at home.
"Yeah, I feel like our guys have confidence that they can go out and compete, that we can win football games,'' rookie coach Dennis Allen said. "Like I told them, this is only important if you're able to go out and win the next one.''
The Raiders last won three str...