The loss in Buffalo last week was a tough one, but it wasn’t the end of the Raiders’ hopes this season. A loss in Miami may have been the nail in the coffin, but with the win, hope is still alive.
With the win, the Raiders pull to 4-5 on the season. They were the only AFC West team to get a win this weekend. The Chiefs lost in Dallas and the Broncos got pummeled in Philadelphia for their 4th straight loss. The Chargers are on a bye.
Here is the updated AFC West standings:
Chiefs 6-3 (Div 2-1)
Raiders 4-5 (Div 1-2)
Chargers 3-5 (Div 2-2)
Broncos 3-5 (Div 2-2)
In one day the Raiders jumped from dead last in the division, to a three-way tie, to sole possession of second place, two games out of first.
“We understand where we are,” head coach Jack Del Rio said after the game. “I know a lot of things happened throughout the weekend and a lot of them were good things for us. Starting with us winning the game. When you look up, you’re gonna be right in the thick of it before you know it. But what we need to do now is just keep playing good football and find a way to stack some wins together.”
Up next for the Raiders is a trip home for the bye week. After that the road gets rough. First they head to Mexico City to face the Patriots. But the roughest stretch is the final month when they head to Kansas City where Derek Carr has never won before facing the Cowboys, Eagles in Philadelphia, and finally the Chargers in Los Angeles.
With 5 losses already, they have little wiggle room over the final seven games. One maybe two losses is all they can afford if they are to have any hope of making the playoffs. As of right now, they’re 1.5 games back of a wild card spot, behind the Bills (5-3) and Jaguars/Titans (5-3).