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Raiders head coach Hue Jackson continues to make roster moves. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
What do you call a day on which your team suddenly moves into a tie for first place, signs a former Pro Bowl cornerback, welcomes back a “sharp” Carson Palmer, discloses that its star running back was held out of practice and says it is on the verge of working out a big-name wide receiver?
The Raiders simply called it Monday, the first day back from a short, bye-week holiday.
As Oakland begins preparations for playing the Denver Broncos Sunday at O.co Coliseum, it does so as a team now in a three-way tie atop the AFC West. With the surprising Chiefs’ upset of the Chargers on “Monday Night Football,” the Raiders, Chiefs and Chargers are all 4-3, with the Broncos at 2-5.
The Raiders will be favored over the Broncos – who announced they will stick with Tim Tebow at quarterback Sunday – but the stumbling Chargers could have their hands full at home with the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Meanwhile the Chiefs will host the 0-7 Dolphins, meaning that at the end of this week the Raiders and Chiefs could well be 5-3, before the Raiders fly to San Diego for a Nov. 10 Thursday night match-up against the Chargers.
Suddenly, the AFC West races promises to take an unpredictable, wild ride through November and December, right up to the final weekend of the regular season when the Raiders host the Chargers and the Chiefs play at Denver.
In the Raiders camp, there could be just as many fluctuations before Sunday’s game against the Broncos. In developments Monday: