OAKLAND -- Rather than have a grandiose vision of what they can achieve in 2013, the Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars will focus much of their energy on simply getting out of the huddle Sunday at O.co Coliseum.
The Raiders (0-1) will look to pick up the pace in their home opener and get quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the line of scrimmage quicker after having issues with the clock in a 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 8.
By contrast, Jacksonville (0-1) is one of a growing number of teams that use a lot of no-huddle offense in hopes of tiring out and confusing the defense.
The Jaguars fizzled in their debut under new coach Gus Bradley in front of the home fans, falling 28-2 to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sunday's game is a blip on the NFL radar screen in terms of national interest, but it's vitally important for the Raiders (4-12 in 2012) and Jaguars (2-14) if they hope to be competitive after years of defeats and coaching turnover.
It's a different scenario for the Raiders in that they opened the season on the road as a prohibitive underdog and had an encouraging showing, and now face a team with a backup quarterback in Chad Henne and entirely new offensive and defensive systems.
Not that Dennis Allen, with a 4-13 record as a head coach, is in any position to sell the Jaguars short.
"(A win) is the only acceptable outcome in any game that we play," Allen said. "So it doesn't make any difference who the opponent is -- that's what we're brought in here to do is go out and win."
Tempo will be foremost in the mind of both teams, with the Raiders hoping to get Pryor going before a sellout crowd and off to a fast start.
For all the good things Pryor did against Indianapolis -- completing 19 of 29 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown and rushing 13 times for 112 yards -- he twice had delay of game penalties, and twice the Raiders had to call timeouts because they weren't going to get a play off in time.
"It wasn't something that was a problem for us during the preseason," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "It was (his) first time for us, live on the road, starting in this system. He executed well in practice, there were a few glitches in the game, so we're trying to get those cleaned up this week."
Pryor conceded that getting in and out of the huddle on plays after he ran the ball was a problem.
"It gets tiring. I had 13 runs and a couple of them were pretty long, and on top of that I'm trying to lose guys and find players downfield to throw the ball," Pryor said. "So you just get winded, and I've got to keep getting better at that.
"I think I'm just so psyched up in the game and in the moment, and I'm huffing and puffing and trying to get the play out. I've got to get better at that, and we will be better at that this week. I can promise that."
On defense, the Raiders will hope to slow the Jaguars as the Chiefs did in the opener. Jacksonville had just 178 yards of total offense in part because of lack of success on first down.
Jacksonville will often go without a huddle, hoping to prevent the Raiders from substituting and communicating on defense.
"It's kind of the new thing in pro football now, trying to see how many plays they can get run," Allen said. "It will be critical for us in the game to get lined up to that tempo, the no-huddle, and be able to execute our assignments defensively."
Much of the responsibility for making sure the Raiders are lined up correctly falls on middle linebacker Nick Roach, who thinks a few early three-and-outs would be crucial.
"It would be big just for the sake of not letting them build any momentum, because those offenses, if they get rolling, they can snowball pretty quick when the plays are coming in that fast," Roach said.
Both teams will be looking toward struggling running backs to get things going. The Raiders' Darren McFadden had 17 carries for 48 yards against Indianapolis, and De La Salle High product Maurice Jones-Drew had 15 rushes for 45 yards against the Chiefs.