The Raiders want to finish strong and see something from players they hope to count on down the road.
Here is a look at five players (among many others) who this game is important for, presented in alphabetical order:
Abram is going to be a starter next season, but because he missed all but one game as a rookie last year and he missed additional games this season, the Raiders want to see as much of him as possible on Sunday. He is a spark plug and a good hitter, but he also is not great in coverage and he makes a lot of mental mistakes.
Abram needs all the work he can get going into a critical 2021 season.
In August, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said the defensive tackle was a key component after he signed a one-year deal in free agency. Collins hasn’t done much of anything as a Raider since. If he wants to stay in the organization, he better show something in this game.
The defensive end has played a lot this season and it shows. He hasn’t had a sack in the past six games. He has six sacks on the season after garnering 10 sacks as a rookie. Ideally, the Raiders find a great pass rusher next year to take pressure off Crosby, but a strong finish would give everyone more confidence about him moving forward.
Edwards began the season as a starter, but ended up playing very little. He has a chance to start next year — especially if Nelson Agholor leaves in free agency. Getting Edwards, who has nine catches in 11 games, involved in this game could be a springboard to an improved 2021 season for the third-round pick.
The 2019 second-round pick has been a starter and he hasn’t made great strides. He has been picked on a lot. Mullen is tough and he is aggressive, so he is worth sticking with. But he needs some good vibes to end the season with.