Believe it or not, up until today the Raiders were still in playoff contention. Albeit, an extremely long shot, mathematically they had yet to be eliminated. That happened this morning when the Dolphins beat the Patriots in Miami. Now, it's official.
The Dolphins now sit at 8-8 and in line for the final playoff spot. The Raiders can do no better than 7-9 should they win out the season -- as improbable as that would be.
So, even before the Raiders kicked off today, they were already eliminated from the playoffs. Now all they can do is try to play spoiler. They face their three division rivals to finish off the season, all of whom are still playoff bound.