The Raiders (7-8) somehow ruled out elimination from the AFC playoffs on Week 16. They were alive with their 24-17 win over the Chargers in Los Angeles.
Auckland also got the help it needed with Pittsburgh (8-7) and Tennessee (8-7), while Indianapolis (7-8) won early Sunday. This opens a simple path for the Raiders to make the playoffs as a .500 team in 2019.
First, the Raiders must win to get to 8-8. They play the Broncos in Week 17. This is a very profitable road game.
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Second, the Steelers have to lose again. They also have to go on the road against the Ravens, but the AFC North championships would help the Steelers rest their key players with their first slaughter in the AFC playoffs.
Third, the Titans must lose again. They also need to get on the road against the Texans, but the AFC South championships don’t have much to play, with two top seeds and a first round away.
Fourth, the Colts have to win again. They must also proceed on the road, against the Jaguars winders, who have entered the tank. This seems to be the easiest part of the equation for raiders.
The Raiders may be representing Oakland for the last time in Week 17 before moving to Las Vegas in 2020, but they are not betting on the home side against those entering the playoffs, as the craziest things have come to an end.