Somehow, someway the Raiders still are in the AFC playoff picture. But they're going to need help, lots of it.
The Silver and Black already took a hit in the help department.
With the AFC North and No. 1 seed already locked up, the Baltimore Ravens will be sitting multiple key players Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach John Harbaugh announced quarterback Lamar Jackson, running back Mark Ingram, guard Marshal Yanda, defensive tackle Brandon Williams and safety Earl Thomas all will sit out Week 17.
That's bad news for Jon Gruden and the Raiders.
Gruden will like these decisions a lot less. Raiders need Ravens to beat the Steelers. https://t.co/3uVRkGl2gO— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) December 23, 2019
While the Raiders first will need to take care of their business and beat the Denver Broncos on Sunday, they also need the following to happen:
-- The Ravens to beat the Steelers
-- The Houston Texans to beat the Tennessee Titans
-- The Indianapolis Colts to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars
-- The Cleveland Browns to beat the Cincinnati Bengals
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The Raiders' playoff hopes now rest on the shoulders of RG3 and possibly even rookie QB Trace McSorley.
Coach Harbaugh says it's possible both QBs Robert Griffin III and Trace McSorley could play. pic.twitter.com/7G5MWmNKNq— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 23, 2019
Derek Carr and Co. can only focus on themselves. Raiders fans will be scoreboard watching, but the Silver and Black simply must beat the Broncos first.
After that, it's up to the Football Gods and whatever lucky charms fans can find in Oakland.