The Oakland Raiders have a lot to think about as they enter their bye week. They're 1-3 on the season, coming off of a blowout in Denver at the hands of the Broncos. But instead of trying to escape their troubles during the bye, many players are staying close to headquarters and getting their work in.
"You can say, 'I'm going to Vegas and party for four days,' but that's not what this team is about," Carson Palmer said. "Most of the guys are sticking around and are going to come in and work out."
Head coach Dennis Allen knows that there is a long season ahead for him and his Raiders, and that picking yourself up after a loss in crucial, especially during a bye week.
"You can't dwell on the negative," Allen said. "You have to rebound, you have to learn from mistakes and don't commit the same mistakes again. We have to move forward."
Being only Week 5 of the NFL season, this is one of the earlier bye weeks in the league. A few players had family to attend to and the like this week, but many stayed. Oakland would have liked to try and turn their ship around this week but will take what the bye week as a time to better themselves.
"A lot of times bye weeks come so far into the season that you need a break," Palmer said. "We don't need a break. We're frustrated that we are where we are. We look at this as a week to get better, there are practices to get better, meetings to get better."
The Raiders take on the Atlanta Falcons next week in the Georgia Dome at 10 a.m. PT, a tough test for the Silver and Black after a week of rest.