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Bye gives Cable time to consider Raiders’ QB situation

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By Dan Parr

Even though they were without two of their better players on Sunday — CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) and TE Zach Miller (foot) were sidelined by injuries — the Raiders beat the Chiefs in overtime, 23-20.

Oakland heads into its Week 10 bye at 5-4 and is only half a game behind the Chiefs for the lead in the AFC West.

"The thing that I'm so pleased about was to see us on the sideline and just feel like nobody was backing down, nobody was giving in, and we would just keep finding a way," Raiders head coach Tom Cable said.

The PFW spin

The Raiders still have plenty to work on and figure out during the bye.

It starts with a decision at quarterback. Cable had said Bruce Gradkowski would be his starter when he's healthy, but Cable said Monday he's leaning toward sticking with Jason Campbell after the bye. It would be tough to bench Campbell after the Raiders just won three in a row for the first time since 2002 with Campbell at the helm.

Campbell has had his good moments, but his performance Sunday was far from a convincing one. Gradkowski is a proven spark for this offense, and he led the Raiders to a win over the Steelers — Oakland's first opponent after the bye — last season. He was the No. 2 quarterback Sunday after being inactive in each of the previous three games, so his shoulder injury might not be much of a factor as Cable assesses the situation for Week 11.

Playing more disciplined when they return from the bye, regardless of who is under center, would also be beneficial. The Raiders committed 15 penalties for 140 yards against Kansas City and have racked up more penalty yards this season than any other team (794).

With Pittsburgh, Miami and San Diego, which is very much still in the AFC West race at 4-5, next on the schedule, Oakland can't afford to set itself back so frequently with penalties.

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