The Oakland Raiders have been officially eliminated from the 2018 NFL playoff picture ahead of their Week 16 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Raiders had virtually no shot at making the post-season after losing to the Dallas Cowboys last week. Oakland needed ALL of this stuff to happen in order to get in:
Raiders win out (vs. Eagles, Chargers)
Bills lose out (vs. Patriots, Dolphins)
Titans lose out (vs. Rams, Jaguars)
Dolphins beat the Chiefs (Week 16)
The Raiders didn’t get the help they needed. The Chiefs beat the Dolphins on Sunday.
With Oakland officially out, it’ll be interesting to see how motivated they are against the Eagles. It’s not exactly a great spot for the Raiders with: nothing to play for, cold weather, hostile environment, being on the opposite side of the country on Christmas. Then again, it’s still a prime-time game and Jack Del Rio could be coaching to save his job.
Monday night’s game obviously means a lot more for the Eagles than the Raiders. Philly can clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC playoff picture with a win.