ALAMEDA -- Having given up 93 points to the Jets and Chiefs, there is little reason to believe the Raiders are capable of handling what Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning have to offer in the final two games of the season.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen begs to differ. Why?
"Because we have," Allen said at his weekly news conference. "At times we've played really well and been very competitive in games and had opportunities to win games. Obviously, it's times like this you wish you had a couple of do-overs. That's not the way the NFL works."
The problem is, much of the Raiders' best football was several weeks ago. The Raiders who fell to Indianapolis 21-17 in Week 1 and beat Jacksonville 19-9 in Week 2 looked like a better team than the one that lost 37-27 to the Jets and 56-31 to the Chiefs the past two weeks.
"I think we've played better at times this year, obviously, than what we've played collectively as a group the last couple of weeks," Allen said. "I don't know if I'd say we were better then. I think it's the same team. But I do think that we're in a little bit of a rut, and we've got to pull out."
On the heels of their worst back-to-back performances of the season, with four consecutive losses and six in the last seven games, Allen insisted his 4-10 team would stay together.
"We're all a part of it, OK? We're all a part of it," Allen said. "We're not in the blame game. We're not in the pointing fingers game. That's for everybody else to do."
Allen is a big believer in the process and in staying consistent in his approach. He isn't planning and doing anything different to make a case that progress has been made despite the end result.
"I'm not going to change my mindset, I'm not going to change my philosophy and I'm not going to change the process, because that's what I believe in," Allen said.
Terrelle Pryor has nine completions of 25 yards or more (and also eight runs of 20 yards or more) in eight starts.
"This was the one game where obviously (McGloin) made multiple mistakes," Allen said. "You don't like it. None of us like it. But that happens. But I don't think you can just waver back and forth on, 'This week this guy is going to be the quarterback, next week it's this guy.' We're going to go with McGloin, and we'll continue to use Terrelle."
Pryor said he didn't know when he was entering the game until the play before it happened in the third quarter. He conceded he would like to be viewed as a quarterback who could also operate from the pocket but realizes his current role is as more of an option quarterback.
"You want to make plays from the pocket. I made plenty of passes from the pocket," Pryor said. "But right now they're going with Matt. ... It's on Coach Allen, and I respect what he wants and what he thinks is best for the team."
"Mark and Reggie talk quite often, and most of my communication happens with Reggie, and then Mark and Reggie communicate," Allen said.
Raiders (4-10) at San Diego (7-7), 1:25 p.m. CBS