It was supposed to be a promising season for the Oakland Raiders, who will not be going to the playoffs in 2017. Instead it's the Los Angeles Chargers with something to play for in this one. They'll get into the postseason with a win and some help. LA needs the Titans to lose to the Jaguars, who really have nothing to play for and the Bills to lose to the Dolphins on the road.
It’s hard to believe that at one point, the Los Angeles Chargers were 0-4 while the Kansas City Chiefs were 4-0. One team appeared headed towards a top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft; the other was barrel rolling through the competition, toppling the Patriots on opening night.
After struggling on offense for weeks, the Denver Broncos finally turn to quarterback Paxton Lynch. The 2016 first-round pick has thrown just 83 passes in his career for 497 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The Week 8 finale tonight features two division rivals on different, yet for the moment, similar paths. The Broncos (3-3) started out the 2017 campaign with hard-fought, AFC West wins over the Raiders and Chargers that paired nicely with a 25-point home victory against the Cowboys.
Good football teams aren’t supposed to lose after a bye week. Good teams aren’t supposed to lose to the worst team in the league. And good teams darn sure aren’t supposed to lose after a bye week to the worst team in the league.
Coming into the season, Oakland was a popular to challenge New England for the AFC crown. Just six weeks into their 2017 schedule, the Raiders are now facing a must-win Thursday night game against the rival Chiefs. Lose this one, and Oakland will be lucky to challenge for a playoff spot.
The Oakland Raiders will play their second consecutive home game on Sunday as they host the Los Angeles Chargers in a key AFC West matchup. The Raiders will look to snap a three-game losing streak to their divisional rivals.
Both the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos lost their Week 3 games. The Raiders (2-1) lost on Sunday night to the Redskins while the Broncos (2-1) had a surprising loss to the Bills in Buffalo. Prior to last week, Oakland had beaten a good Tennessee Titans team on the road and then destroyed the New York Jets in its home opener.