Five things the Oakland Raiders must address after the bye

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Oct 11, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With five games under their belt, the Oakland Raiders enter their Week 6 bye with a 2-3 record, just one win shy of matching their win total from a year ago. Though Oakland’s sub .500 record may appear relatively disappointing on paper, it’s still obvious that this year’s team has made significant strides in the right direction, while it is also reasonable to assume that they will only continue to improve as the season progresses.

While there are a considerable amount of issues that can be corrected through tape evaluation and on-field coaching, Oakland still needs to gain experience as a unit before they can start coming out on top in close games. Oakland has yet to show consistency in critical moments, for in both losses against the Bears and Broncos they had a chance to take control over the game on a couple key plays. Though the Raiders should come out of the bye an improved football team, their ability to turn close games into wins will only grow with experience in those clutch situations.

Given the overall youth surrounding this football team, most of the mental mistakes or errors in execution are to be expected early in the season, thus making the bye week a well-timed opportunity for Oakland to adjust accordingly.

With that being said, here is a look at five areas Oakland must look to improve during the bye.

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