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Raiders' offensive line laments poor performance

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The Oakland Raiders went back to work Monday with a laundry list of corrections to be made after their 26-23 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but probably the biggest issue was the play of their offensive line.

"They won the battle up front, there's no question about it," Oakland coach Dennis Allen said. "We weren't able to run the ball effectively. We had too much pressure on (our) quarterback. We need to get that corrected moving forward."

Coming off a week in which the Raiders were able to gain 149 yards on the road against the Atlanta Falcons, they managed just 69 yards (on 26 carries) against the Jaguars, who were ranked No. 30 in the league against the run coming into the game.

Running Darren McFadden had another difficult game, finishing with 19 carries for 53 yards and a long gain of 13.

Quarterback Carson Palmer had 46 passing attempts and was sacked just twice, but he spent much of the game picking himself up off the ground.

The Raiders conceded afterward that the Jaguars, who were coming off a bye, caught them by surprise with their defensive strategy. Described during the week as a "bend but don't break" defense by Allen, Jacksonville did more stunting and blitzing than usual.

"That was a desperate team," Palmer said. "They needed a win, and they did a lot of uncharacteristic things, a lot of things they hadn't previously shown."

Oakland left tackle Jared Veldheer said, "There was a ton of movement, and they played real hard. It was something we had to be conscious about the whole time."

Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski said the coaching staff had accounted for the possibility of "unscouted looks" coming off the bye but that the line didn't adjust well enough.

"They brought the intensity, brought some different looks here and there. But there's no excuse. We've got to be a lot better as an O-line and an offense," Wisniewski said.

Veldheer said he'll be looking at the film closely in hopes of not making the same mistakes Sunday when the Raiders visit the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I know I could have done some things much better on some plays, and I'm definitely going to give that a hard look and press to get better and take care of it," Veldheer said.

Raiders guard Cooper Carlisle conceded, "Our defense really bailed us out."
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