Playoffs? A Dive Into Who the Raiders are Rooting For to Win on Sunday

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

That’s right. If the Raiders win in Denver on Sunday and a few other games go their way, the Raiders will be traveling to either Houston or Kansas City for a divisional round playoff game.

Here are the games that matter (aside from the Patriots beating the Dolphins) and a look at what it means for each team involved.

Steelers at Ravens

The BAD: The Ravens are sitting a handful of key starters, including Lamar Jackson. This is a must-win game for the Steelers and as far as playoff seeding is concerned, it is a meaningless game for the Ravens.

The GOOD: This is as bitter of a rivalry as any in the AFC West and you can bet the Ravens aren’t going to pull out a red carpet for the Steelers to walk into the playoffs – especially in Baltimore. Robert Griffin III may not be Lamar Jackson, but he can do some of the things Jackson can do and this is a big opportunity for RG3 to make an impression on the rest of the league. Also, the Ravens have a much better roster than the Steelers – even with players sitting.

Titans at Texans

The BAD: As of now, the Texans are not locked into the 4 seed, but if the Chiefs win the early game on Sunday, the Texans cannot move up to the 3 seed or drop to the 5 seed. In other words, if you want the Texans to have anything to play for this week, root for the Chargers to beat the Chiefs.

The GOOD: The game is in Houston and the Texans surely don’t prefer the Titans to get in. If the Chargers win tomorrow, the Texans will want the 3 seed because it will feature a game with either the Steelers or Raiders. The alternative (if the Chiefs lose) would be a matchup with Bills. If the Chiefs beat the Chargers, the Texans are basically playing for pride.

Will that be enough?

Colts at Jaguars

The BAD: Unfortunately, this game is meaningless for both teams and the Jaguars are at home. The Colts will finish the season 8-8 with a win and the Jaguars can drive back to their homes immediately following the game. 

The GOOD: The Colts are a much better team than the Jaguars and that’s why they are four-point favorites. Indianapolis is going to want to finish the year with a .500 record.

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