That was a rough home loss for the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon, as they fell to Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts.
Here’s our quick review of the Week 14 matchup that had important AFC playoff implications:
The Raiders are now 7-6.
What it means:
On the same day that the Kansas City Chiefs clinched their fifth straight AFC West title, the Raiders saw their wild card chances take a big hit. The Raiders aren’t out of the seven-team playoff picture, but their road got much tougher in the loss to the 9-4 Colts.
The Raiders opened the second half with two long drives that ended up with just field goals to show for it. Meanwhile, the Colts — who led 20-14 at halftime — kept scoring touchdowns as they ran the ball down Las Vegas’ throats all second half.
Raiders’ defensive end Clelin Ferrell left the game on the first series with a shoulder injury. He came back briefly, but then was ruled out for the game. That is not good for a team that is thin at the position. Linebacker Nicholas Morrow and safety Johnathan Abram were both taken out of the game with possible concussions in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders have a short week as they host the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night. The Raiders barely beat the Chargers earlier in the season, but this is an extremely winnable game for the home team.