Las Vegas Raiders may have to win out to clinch playoff spot
By Brad Weiss
The Las Vegas Raiders have four games remaining in their 2020 NFL schedule, and they may have to win out to make the playoffs.
Thanks to a Miracle at Metlife, the Las Vegas Raiders left the State of New Jersey with a win on Sunday, though it looked bleak with under ten seconds left. One play after Derek Carr missed a wide-open Nelson Agholor deep, he hung tough on an all-out blitz, finding rookie Henry Ruggs down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown.
It was a play that could have major repercussions for this team moving forward, as they look to keep their playoff hopes alive. With the win, the Raiders matched their win total from a year ago with four games left to play, but they did not get any help in terms of the standings from other AFC teams.
The Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and Cleveland Browns, all teams ahead of them in the Wild Card race, won, so as it stands, the Raiders are the No. 8 team in a seven-team playoff. They control their own destiny, however, as they still have games against the Dolphins and Colts on the horizon, to go along with two divisional games.
After the loss to the Falcons, and barely beating the Jets, the Raiders are a team trending in the wrong direction, and that does not bode well with some tough games on the horizon. In fact, the Silver and Black may have to win out if they want to clinch a playoff spot.