Rarely is the football in Chris Morris' hands, and he's usually the Raiders center. Such is life on the league's worst-ranked offense.

The Raiders (1-4) simply can't find the first-down marker to retain possession. They have averaged only 10.8 first downs in their first five games, one of several categories in which they rank 32nd (last) in the NFL. Among the others: yards per game (191.6) and time of possession (25 minutes, 17 seconds).

"The offense has to do a better job of not going three (plays)-and-out. It's been plaguing us the last four weeks," Morris said Monday at team headquarters in Alameda, a day after the Raiders lost their third straight game, a 44-7 rout by the host New York Giants.

First downs are a familiar problem for a team deluged by many others. The Raiders finished last in the league in 2008 with 14.1 first downs per game.

Coach Tom Cable didn't announce any lineup changes and said quarterback JaMarcus Russell's disappointing play is "the least of my concerns." Blocking was the chief complaint from Cable, who has no plans to relinquish his play-calling role.

"I really look at it as, is the play you call, does that have anything to do with executing it?" Cable said. "Does it have anything to do with being in a manageable third down?

Added tight end Zach Miller: "We've got to protect the quarterback and stay out of third-and-long situations. We just haven't been executing and running the ball like we're supposed to, so that hurts our offense. Guys are not making plays. We're missing blocks, missing assignments, missing receivers. It's coming down to a lack of execution on offense."

  • One new theory why Michael Vick isn't in a Raiders uniform — besides the distinct possibility the Raiders weren't interested in the ex-con — is that NBC analyst Tony Dungy recommended against it.

    "I advised Michael Vick not to go there," Dungy said on Sunday's "Football Night in America" broadcast. "I said, 'Mike, you might be able to start there, but that is not a good place for you.'"‰"

    Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Raiders on Sunday. In relief of Donovan McNabb during Sunday's 33-14 win over Tampa Bay, Vick completed his first pass since 2006, a 1-yard toss to DeSean Jackson. Vick ran four times for 10 yards and has completed 1 of 5 passes in two games since his reinstatement.

  • Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that the Raiders contacted several teams last week seeking to trade anyone except their "young, talented players." Asked if the Raiders were exploring trades, Cable said: "Not right now. We typically work on those sort of roster things in the next two days."

  • Injuries could have a big impact on the linebacking corps. Kirk Morrison sustained a sprained knee en route to his season-high 16 tackles Sunday. Ricky Brown suffered an ankle injury that could result in season-ending surgery or keep him out four weeks, Cable said.

  • Running back Darren McFadden and offensive tackle Cornell Green have been ruled out of the Eagles game. Wide receiver Chaz Schilens (foot) and guard Robert Gallery (leg) might return this week.

  • The Raiders have allowed the sixth-most sacks in the league with 15, one less than the 49ers' tally. "Our offensive line needs to step up and keep JaMarcus (Russell) off his back so he can make those throws," Miller said.

  • The Raiders are the only team in the league to have thrown only one touchdown pass, that coming 93 passes ago by Russell in the season-opening loss to San Diego.