Raiders let another one slip away.

For the third straight week the Raiders lost a game they felt they should have won. And for the third straight week, coach Norv Turner tried to put a positive spin on things. But at 0-3, Oakland's season is already on the brink of disaster.

Since the NFL expanded the postseason to include 12 teams in 1990, 75 teams have started 0-3; of those, just three have recovered and made it to the playoffs.

The Raiders are one of three 0-3 teams this year, along with Green Bay and Arizona. Two other teams, Houston and Baltimore, are both 0-2 but had the bye Sunday and did not play.

This is the sixth time in franchise history that the Raiders are 0-3. None of the other five ever made it to the playoffs and only two, in 1986 and 1992, managed to win more than five games.

So while Turner continues to try and put a positive spin on Oakland's situation, the reality is that the team is in dire straits.

''Everyone gets caught on this 0-3 thing,'' Turner said Monday, one day after a 23-20 loss to Philadelphia kept Oakland winless. ''There have been teams that have lost three straight games and had outstanding seasons. Obviously we're coming back home and have to put this behind us. I think our guys know we need to have a heck of a week of practice and be ready to go.''

Three of the five Raiders teams to start out 0-3 did not pull out of the tailspin in Week 4. To avoid becoming the next in line, Oakland has to find a way to beat Dallas (2-1) at McAfee Coliseum in the final game before the bye.

The Raiders have a definite variety of issues that need to be corrected. The running game managed 21 yards on 22 carries against Philadelphia and has yet to get untracked. Wide receiver Randy Moss continues to go through long stretches where he's not involved in the offense. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed two field goals against the Eagles and is just 3-for-7 on the year. All four of his misses have come from beyond 30 yards.

''We're doing good things. We're just not doing enough of them,'' center Jake Grove said. ''You can't single anybody out. It's everybody.''

NOTES: Tight end Courtney Anderson did not take part in team running drills Monday in order to rest a sore knee, but Turner said he expects Anderson to be ready to play against the Cowboys ... Cornerback Charles Woodson also injured his knee against the Eagles but showed no lingering effects from it on Monday.


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