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Chiefs' Week 15 Win Has Huge Impact on Raiders' Playoff Chances

Devon Platana
The Kansas City Chiefs' Week 15 win over the Los Angeles Chargers has a huge impact on the Las Vegas Raiders' playoff chances.
The Kansas City Chiefs' Week 15 win over the Los Angeles Chargers has a huge impact on the Las Vegas Raiders' playoff chances. / Michael Hickey/GettyImages
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The Las Vegas Raiders took a loss on Thursday even though hasn't even played their Week 15 game. The Raiders were officially knocked out of the AFC West title contention following Kansas City Chiefs' 34-28 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

With winning the division no longer being an option to qualify for the postseason, things are looking tough for Las Vegas going forward.

Las Vegas Raiders Playoff Odds

The Raiders looked like a playoff-bound team when they kicked off the 2021 NFL season with a 3-0 record. Unfortunately, things fell off there both on and off the field, leading to a 3-7 record since then.

The rest of the Raiders' schedule isn't exactly easy, either. They play the Cleveland Browns (7-6) this Saturday, followed by matchups against Denver Broncos (7-6), Indianapolis Colts (7-6) and the Chargers (8-6).

Out of the above games, the most "must-win" ones for the Raiders are against their divisional rivals in the Broncos and Chargers. Las Vegas defeated Denver earlier this season but lost to Los Angeles, so it could go either way.

Nevertheless, the Raiders need to take it one game at a time. That all begins when they try to bounce back from their 48-9 loss to the Chiefs when they visit the Browns this Saturday. Considering how Cleveland's roster might be depleted due to COVID-19, it's now or never for the 'Black and Silver'.

The Raiders are currently the 3.5-point road favorites over the Browns, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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