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Raiders' focus on Allen, Broncos

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The Raiders were too busy worrying about their head coach and their next opponent to get overly upset about a 20-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Coach Dennis Allen left the team Sunday night for the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to be with his father, Grady Allen, who was seriously ill, according to a Raiders team spokesman.

Allen arrived in Texas and wasn't expected to return until Wednesday night, the day before they host the Denver Broncos at O.co Coliseum on short rest.

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said they both would be in contact with Allen regarding game-planning and personnel issues.

Knapp said some of the Denver scouting had already been done by coaching staff members the previous week.

Considering the Broncos beat the Raiders 37-6 on Sept. 30 and have already clinched their second straight AFC West title with a 9-3 record, it's a daunting task for a team that is 3-9, has lost five straight games and lost three members of its secondary to concussions against the Browns.

"We've just got to find a way," Huff said. "Obviously, it's tough, especially in a short week. Peyton Manning is their offensive coordinator so they'll know what they're doing ... We've got to step up and make plays, find a way to rise up and make plays."

The Raiders will have condensed practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday to account for the shortened time between games. With Allen expected back, Knapp is operating as offensive coordinator rather than as an interim head coach.

"As far as the management of practice itself, the only additional change is I'll have to say, 'Blow the horn,' and then we'll go on to the next period," Knapp said. "Otherwise we're going to be working as we normally would in practice."
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