Raiders have clear, achievable path to make NFL playoffs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Not that the Raiders are looking past the Broncos, their opponent at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday. But it’s impossible not to notice the Kansas City Chiefs lurking right behind Denver a week later.
Having already beaten the Chiefs this year, the next crack the 5-3 Raiders get at the 8-1 Super Bowl champions could create an interesting final leg in the race for AFC West supremacy.
By winning this week and next week, the Raiders would move to within one game of the Chiefs, who have a bye this week, and have full control of the head-to-head tiebreaker. Should the rivals finish tied atop the division standings, the Raiders would be the champs and get a home game in the opening round of the playoffs.