Loss tonight would all but end the Raiders’ playoff hopes

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For most of this season, the Raiders have been right in the thick of the AFC playoff race. But they’re in danger of falling out of contention.

If the Raiders lose to the Chargers tonight, their chances of making the playoffs would fall to almost nil.

A loss tonight would drop the Raiders to 7-7, which would put them 2.5 games behind the Browns and Colts in the wild card race, 1.5 games behind the Dolphins for the final wild card, and 1.5 games behind the Ravens, who are currently behind the Dolphins in the wild card tiebreaker.

At that point, even winning their final two games (against the Dolphins and Broncos) and finishing 9-7 probably wouldn’t be enough to put the Raiders in the postseason. At that point, the Raiders would need a lot of help in the form of losses by the Dolphins and Ravens. And the Raiders would also lose a tiebreaker to the Patriots if both teams finished 9-7.

So for the Raiders, consider tonight a must-win game.

28 responses to “Loss tonight would all but end the Raiders’ playoff hopes

  1. Raiders are 2-4 at their new home and 5-2 on the road but I think they eek out a win tonight by 2-3 points

  2. Will Gruden ever be held responsible?

    Take away the miracle win over the Jets, then what?

  3. Raiders will go no where with chucky,unfortunately. A Raider fan since the mid 70s

  4. It doesn’t end their playoff hopes at all…… They have a game with Miami still to play and Miami has to play the Bills and Patriots in addition to the Raiders. Miami is staring 8-8 in the face. 9-7 will take the last WC spot.

  5. Mayock & Gruden better ‘just win, baby’ or calls for front office changes will follow.

  6. The raiders are sitting at *7-6… However, the Jets wanted a franchise QB, not a win against a would be 6-7 team.

  7. claudesq says:
    December 17, 2020 at 6:50 am
    The $100 million investment in coach Gruden has not been paying dividends.
    It has paid huge dividends to those of us who hated listening to him on TV.

  8. Anyone else watch the Chargers this year?? Even if the Raiders come out flat the Chargers will find a way to choke.

  9. springfield says:
    December 17, 2020 at 8:55 am
    The raiders are sitting at *7-6… However, the Jets wanted a franchise QB, not a win against a would be 6-7 team.

    Most Jets players and all coaches will not be a part of the team in 2021, they do not care about a franchise QB.

  10. And it SHOULD end our hopes. If we can’t even win the game we’re supposed to win, we shouldn’t be in the playoffs.

  11. They had their playoff hopes gone when the falcons crushed them, your supposed to ascend this time of year not descend. They don’t deserve the playoffs playing like this

  12. They may come out and ball out just to prove that the problem was Paul Guenther only to have the D fall flat on their face again next week proving it was coaching problems at a higher level.

  13. Very inconsistent team. Who knows what they look like tonight. Beat the Chiefs, lose to Falcons, almost lose to Jets. Gotta beat the easy teams.

  14. 10-6 may not even make an AFC wild card this year. 9-7 has no chance. Raiders would have to pass both Ravens and Dolphins for the new seventh seed. See you next year.

  15. Even if is a disappointment to Raiders fans, a 9-7 or 10-6 season combined with the split in the division games with the Chiefs is still a step in the right direction. Maybe not as big a step as they had hoped for but….

  16. thetooloftools says:
    They just don’t seem to play with ANY sense of urgency.

    That’s because the offense is so intricate and complicated the players are suffering from paralysis by analysis. It’s been especially hard on Derek Carr, who’s struggling to understand what spiders, bananas and turkey holes have to do with football.

  17. Making the playoffs definitely will require 3-0 to finish the season. On paper they can finish 3-0 but let’s see how much heart they have. The losses to ATL and NE make me wonder.

  18. Unfortunately this year is looking like a repeat of 2019 where the Raiders were in the thick of playoff contention 10-11 games into the season only to choke away their postseason chances. This is a reflection of a mediocre HC although in fairness Gruden getting the Raiders to as many as 7 wins these last 2 years is better than I expected. Still, it’s hard to dispute that the Raiders were better off under Del Rio who had the Raiders in the playoffs in his 2nd year and had an overall winning record in his stint in Oakland.

  19. jdubkc says:
    December 17, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Raiders still have hope? Why?

    It’s either that, or continue to cry about the Tuck Rule.

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