Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen signals from the sideline against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Redskins defeated the Raiders 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders believe their time is now

The Oakland Raiders have a real shot at evening their record to 4-4 on Sunday with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles, which would keep them right in the mix in the AFC Wild Card picture. It won’t be easy for the Raiders to get into the postseason after a lackluster start to the season, but head coach Dennis Allen is feeling confident after the team’s Week 8 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and he believes the time is now for his team to make a move.

It’s time for us,” Dennis Allen said Friday, via theAssociated Press.  “If we’re going to do something, we need to start making some sort of move.  The consistency with our football team is something that I’ve talked about a lot, and that’s what we have to develop.  If we’re ever going to become the team we think we can become, then we need to put some things together.

“Like I’ve said from the very beginning, I like this football team. We need to play well and we need to be a more consistent team.  That’s what the good teams are able to do.  I think our guys recognize the importance of every game that we play from here on out.”

With teams like the Eagles, New York Giants, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans still ahead on the schedule, the Raiders have a real shot at finishing the season at .500.

If they can do that, they could shock people and sneak into the postseason, which would be a great season for a team that many thought would be among the worst in the league heading in to the season.

Oakland is up for the challenge, so now we just need to see if they can deliver.

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