Raiders precarious path to possible postseason

Winning in Miami helps but it’s still a tough row to hoe

Dan Dibley
November 06, 2017 - 1:23 pm

The Raiders (4-5) two-game road trip did not go as well as they would have liked but splitting the pair means their playoff chances are still alive.

The Kansas City (6-3) loss to Dallas puts Oakland just two games out of first place in the AFC  West, but their best chance of making to the playoffs for a 2nd straight year is via the wildcard.

Buffalo (5-3) and Jacksonville/Tennessee (5-3) are the current placeholders in the wildcard race with Miami (4-4) and Baltimore (4-5) also leading the Raiders as we enter the second half of the season. Making matters worse, the Raiders lose the head-to-head tiebreaker with Buffalo and Baltimore but hold the same edge over Miami and Tennessee.

Oakland has a brutal remaining schedule with a date against New England in Mexico City on Nov. 19 before winnable games against the Broncos and Giants. The real challenge comes over the final four with road games at the Chiefs, Eagles, and Chargers with a home date against Dallas.

Assuming they go 2-1 over the next three (a loss to the Patriots but wins over the one-win Giants and fading Denver), the Raiders will sit at 6-6 depending on how their foes fare, the AFC Wildcard standings could look like this:

Buffalo 7-4 (win over Saints, Chargers, loss to Chiefs)

Tennessee 7-4 (wins over Bengals, Colts, loss to Steelers)

Jacksonville 7-4 (wins over Browns, Chargers, loss to Cardinals)

Raiders 6-6

Dolphins 5-6 (losses to Patriots, Panthers, win over Bucs)

Ravens 5-7 (win over Texans, losses to Packers, Lions)

Yes, the Raiders would still be 1 ½ games out of the Wildcard but either the Titans or the Jags will win the AFC South, rendering the other as a playoff hopeful. Because the Raiders hold the tiebreaker over the Titans, Oakland will be rooting for Jacksonville to win the division.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance.​

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