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Raiders-Colts Week 17 playoff implications

Both teams fighting for playoff lives

Las Vegas Raiders v Kansas City Chiefs
Antonio Pierce
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Both the Las Vegas Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts have a ton at take Sunday when they meet at 10 a.m. PT.

The Raiders, who are 7-8 and are coming off back-to-back victories over AFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, must beat the 8-7 host Colts or they will be eliminated from playoff contention.

The Colts are in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. They are also currently slotted as the seventh and final playoff seed.

The Raiders must beat the Colts, who are a 3.5-point favorite at our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook and then the Denver Broncos at home in Week 18 and then hope for help to make the postseason at 9-8. They can still win the AFC West title. Kansas City can win the division with a home win over Cincinnati or a Raiders loss or tie and a Denver loss or tie in to the Chargers at home in Week 17.

The Raiders cannot be eliminated from playoff contention in Week 17 if they beat the Colts.

If the Raiders are still alive in Week 18, they will be facing former Las Vegas quarterback Jarrett Stidham. He is replacing Russell Wilson for the final two games. Stidham, of course, replaced Derek Carr for the final two games last season before signing with the Broncos in free agency.