The Oakland Raiders, ladies and gentlemen, are not dead heading into Week 17. Their 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 16, along with the Titans and Steelers losing, allowed this improbable scenario to remain alive.
Quite honestly, it’s going to take a miracle — four specific results — for them to get in next week. But isn’t that what the holiday season is for?
Here’s what must happen for Jon Gruden’s club to make the playoffs this season:
In Week 17, the Raiders first must beat the Denver Broncos on the road. Then they need the Texans to beat the Titans, the Ravens to beat the Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. All of those games must finish that way.
Likely? No. Possible? Yes.