Raiders Complicated Path to Playoffs Still Leaves Postseason Hope Heading into Week 17

David Kaestle
Jon Gruden talks with Derek Carr on the sidelines.
Jon Gruden talks with Derek Carr on the sidelines. / Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Heading into the season, the expectations surrounding the Oakland Raiders were anything but high. However, they have actually turned in a competitive season through 16 weeks in 2019.

While few expected them to be in a position to make the playoffs, that's exactly where the Raiders are at heading into the final game of the year in Week 17.

How the Raiders Can Make the NFL Playoffs

The Raiders do have a remaining path to the playoffs, but it is a convoluted and complicated one. On top of getting a win in its own Week 17 game against the Denver Broncos, Oakland will also need some help. The Raiders will also require a win from the Baltimore Ravens over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Houston Texans over the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If all of those dominos fall into place, the Raiders will indeed be a postseason-bound team this year.

While many questioned the ways of head coach Jon Gruden since he took over, he has to be given all the credit in the world for merely getting the Raiders in this position in the first place.

What a parting gift it would be for the city of Oakland to see their team make a playoff appearance in the final season before they move the franchise to Las Vegas.

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