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Silver Minings: Raiders’ struggles in AFC West is a problem

Two more division games remain on Las Vegas’ 2021 schedule

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The Las Vegas Raiders bucked a bad trend in 2020 by playing well against the AFC West.

However, their struggles in division games have resurfaced this season. After a 48-9 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday (their most lopsided loss in the 62-year rivalry with the Chiefs), the Raiders fell to 1-3 against the AFC West this season, and 6-7 overall.

The Raiders — who have a winning percentage under .340 in the AFC West since 2003 — were swept by Kansas City this season; lost at the Los Angeles Chargers; and won at the Denver Broncos. They host the Broncos in Week 16, and then host the Chargers in Week 18.

Let’s see if the Raiders can win these two remaining division games and finish their AFC West schedule .500 this season.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • AFC playoff look: Pro Football Talk has a look at the muddled AFC playoff picture.
  • Fresh start needed? The Athletic thinks Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr may need one.
  • Madden doc: Fox will premiere a John Madden documentary on Christmas Day. The Athletic has a behind the scenes look at the making of the show.
  • Bad stat: The Raiders’ defense has been on the field way too much this season.
  • Post-game pod: The Athletic has a podcast breaking down the Raiders’ loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
  • Edgar Bennett love: The 33rd Team thinks the Raiders’ receivers coach is doing a great job,