After 15 weeks of NFL action, a postseason picture is gradually taking shape. The following two weeks will be action packed and not suitable for the faint of heart, as there are still nine AFC teams left and ten NFC teams left.
The Oakland Raiders will be playing in Week 16 of the NFL season. It may be hard to believe for the average football fan.
But the Oakland Raiders have been one of the NFL’s most improved teams this season and are still in the hunt for the AFC West division title and a home playoff game.
The Raiders Can Make Playoffs Even Without Beating Chargers in Week 18
For the Raiders to win the AFC West, the Steelers need to lose once in their next two games, and the Colts need to lose on the road against the Jaguars.
It’s hard to imagine the Colts losing that game, but they haven’t beaten the Jaguars in Jacksonville since 2014.
Next week isn’t a time for the Raiders to worry about their postseason chances elsewhere. Instead.
They should be concerned just with beating a division competitor at home. And that’s going to be challenging enough.
Las Vegas Raiders Made the AFC Playoffs by Beating the Los Angeles Chargers
If the Raiders beat their division rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers, in Las Vegas, they would clinch a spot in the AFC playoffs as one of three Wild Card clubs.
The Raiders need this after their loss to the Bolts in Los Angeles in their previous encounter.
The good news is that the Raiders have the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over the other teams in the running.
Teams like the Colts, Steelers, Dolphins, Ravens, Broncos, and Browns fall within this category. A 10-7 Raiders squad is playoff-bound if they split with the Lightning.
After everything this football club has been through in 2021, to be in charge of their own fate entering the last week of the season is nothing short of miraculous.
In Week 18, the Las Vegas Raiders take on the Los Angeles Chargers in a bid to secure a postseason berth.
The winner of this AFC West showdown will secure a postseason berth for their division. The Raiders, despite their loss, still have a shot at the playoffs as the No. 7 seed, but they’ll need a lot of help along the way.
In Week 4, the 9-7 Raiders faced up against the Chargers. Los Angeles won that match by a score of 28-14.
The Raiders have won three straight games, over the Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, and Indianapolis Colts.
And come into this game riding a high. The Chargers’ recent win over the Broncos after two straight defeats.