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Oakland (3-5)

Pleasant: Running back Darren McFadden almost made it through a half-season without getting hurt. McFadden sprained his right ankle in last Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay and is likely to finish his fifth NFL season without having ever played in all 16 regular-season games.

Unpleasant: Even after a year-long bloodletting by new general manager Reggie McKenzie, the roster needs more retooling in 2013 than what I thought entering this season. Two of the biggest concerns: The defense is a mess and Carson Palmer looks like a stop-gap rather than the franchise quarterback Oakland thought it was getting last October when trading first- and second-round picks to Cincinnati. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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