So you're sayin' there's a chance ...
When it comes to the Raiders making the NFL playoffs, well, there's a small possibility it could happen. A 13.2 percent chance, to be specific -- with a lengthy scenario thrown in the mix.
As ESPN's Kevin Seifert points out, the 7-8 Raiders need the following to claim an AFC wild-card spot: "They must beat the Broncos and then get wins by the Ravens, Texans and Colts. Then, they also need a victory by one of the following teams: Bears, Lions, Chiefs or Patriots."
ESPN's Football Power Index gives this a 13.2 percent chance of happening.
The Raiders had a very up-and-down season, with so much promise followed by four consecutive losses, including a devastating defeat in their final time playing at the Coliseum.
They will visit the Broncos on Sunday in a game where Denver has nothing to lose. Their playoff chances were done in Week 15, so it would be a spoiler game to strip playoff chances away from the Raiders.
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There will be motivation for both teams, as they have that longstanding AFC West rivalry between them.
Nevertheless, the Raiders aren't quite done yet.
NFL coaches will be allowed to move back into their team facilities beginning Friday, but just when the Raiders’ staff checks into its Henderson headquarters remains to be seen.
Construction of the 335,000-square-foot facility is still being completed, though team officials hope to move into the building this month. Like coaches around the league, the Raiders’ staff has been working remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Moving trucks arrived on Monday to the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, the new headquarters, from the previous facility in Alameda, Calif.
Word of warning to anyone wondering how the Raiders are preparing to utilize rookie Lynn Bowden this season: Don’t bother asking him. He isn’t at liberty to say.
“I’m really not permitted to speak about that right now,” Bowden said while taking a break from the Raiders virtual OTA’s.
The mum’s the word response wasn’t relayed out of anger or deceit. The outgoing Bowden can’t wait to get on the field in his first NFL season and is beyond excited to help the Raiders anyway he can. He’s open and frank about all that and doesn’t mind expressing it one bit.