The Raiders are desperately in search of some sort of positive news.
The Raiders (3-8) just finished perhaps the worst month in franchise history by losing all four games in November, capped by three straight losses by at least 21 points.
The team’s first four-game skid since 2008 assures Oakland of a 10th straight season without a winning record and has turned the focus to the future rather than a playoff run.
“It’s been mind-blowing,” defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. “I would have never, in my wildest dreams, thought we would be 3-8 right now.”
Coach Dennis Allen said everyone is accountable for the problems that have turned a team that was one win away from a division title last season into an also-ran this year.
He said he will look at all options to get things back on track, including possibly finding a role for third-string quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor has been inactive all 11 games this year and has been on the field only once in two seasons since being taken in the supplemental draft last year.
“He’s working to get better and he’s working to improve,” Allen said.
Starter Carson Palmer struggled Sunday in his homecoming to Cincinnati, throwing for a season-low 146 yards and turning the ball over twice in a 38-17 loss to the Bengals. But he has been far from the biggest problem on a Raiders team that has struggled to generate a consistent run game all season and been historically bad on defense.
If Pryor gets a chance to play down the stretch, it would most likely be in a limited role that took advantage of his mobility.
The situation at quarterback won’t matter much if the Raiders can’t get better play defensively. They have allowed 169 points over the last four games, the second most in a four-game span since the merger in 1970.
“We’re starving for a win right now,” cornerback Joselio Hanson said. “Can’t look in the past right now. Just have to move forward and look forward to this next game against the Browns.”