How Legitimate Is the Oakland Raiders’ Playoff Shot?

One week ago, a look at the Oakland Raiders schedule offered a favorable and optimistic outlook of the team's remaining schedule.

With three wins in seven games, the Raiders were about to close the season out with seven games against teams at or below .500. All this in an AFC that has an abundance of teams that were still within striking distance of one of two wild card slots.

And yet, as any Oakland Raiders fan should know—just as soon as you think you know something about this team, the exact opposite is sure to happen.

Two weeks into the season, we knew exactly what this Oakland team was: bad. With a loss to San Diego at home in Week 1 and a blowout loss to the lowly (at the time) Dolphins, the Raiders were once again assumed to be a cellar dweller.

Week 3, however, was a surprise.

Trailing by 10 at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Raiders put together a sensational comeback to earn Dennis Allen his first career win.

All of a sudden, there was hope.

One week later, the hope had all but evaporated as the Raiders lost 37-6 to the Broncos.

And yet, one week later, the Raiders lost on a last-second field goal to the still undefeated Falcons, and the silver and black faithful once again had reason to believe in their team.

From there, the Raiders rattled off back-to-back wins against the Jaguars and Chiefs, two of the worst teams in the league, and all of a sudden, Oakland was back in decent shape.

Of course, once again the course was changed on Sunday as the Raiders blew a halftime lead to the Buccaneers, gave up 278 rushing yards and fell just short of a late-game comeback.

For the third time this season, the Raiders are two games under .500, which brings us to the question of how likely it is that this Oakland team could make the playoffs.

The answer: not good.

At 3-5, the Raiders sit in nin...

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