Originally posted on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 12/13/11
The Raiders aren’t dead yet. They still have a pulse and a chance to win the AFC West or fight their way into a wild-card spot in the AFC playoffs. They may have to do it without running back Darren McFadden and a couple of limping, deep-threat wideouts in Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, who missed the past two games. “Every game from here on in for us is a must-win,” head coach Hue Jackson told Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group Monday. “If we want to accomplish our goals, which is winning this division, every game, one game at a time, is a must-win.” But if Oakland is to accomplish that division title, it likely will be the defense that needs to step up. Forget the absence of the offensive playmakers, or Carson Palmer’s four interceptions in the loss to the Packers this past Sunday. It’s the defense that will need to show the way, beginning with this Sunday’s home game against the Lions. As Poole notes, Oakland’s defense has allowed more points per game (27.2) than any team in...
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