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NFL: Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Will Compton

The Raiders have struggled at the middle linebacker position all season after losing Vontaze Burfict to a 12 game suspension. Injuries and suspensions have decimated the group. The Raiders have scoured NFL practice squads and the free agent pool to find anyone who can help.

Will Compton is one of those guys who was signed off the couch. Two weeks ago he was inserted into the starting lineup and it has paid dividends. The defense has given up an average of 18.5 points a game and has been noticeable better. In two games, Compton has 21 tackles (15 solo, 0.5 TFL),a total that leads the team.

He may not be the long term answer at the position, but he has given them the stability they need right now.

Raiders playoff chances

So, you’re saying there’s a chance? That’s right. Somehow heading into Week 17 this team is still alive. Round one of the unlikeliest of scenarios came through last week with wins from the Ravens, Jets, Colts, Saints, and Raiders.

This week, they will need similar luck in the form of another improbable five team parlay needs to hit in order for the Raiders to punch their ticket. Wins from the Browns, Ravens, Texans, Colts, and Raiders and they are in.

The Ravens and Texans are already in the playoffs, and could rest starters, so they might not get the help from those two teams.

Hunter Renfrow

Welcome back Hunter! His return could not have come at a better time. Before missing two games with a rib injury and punctured lung, Renfrow was developing into Derek Carr’s most reliable target, especially on third down.

It didn’t take long for Renfrow to make his presence felt. On the opening drive, he hauled in a slant, broke a tackle, and was off to the races for a 56-yard touchdown. He ended the game with a career high 7 catches for 107 yards.