It could be argued that no position has changed more in the NFL’s history than the tight end. Once primarily a sixth offensive lineman who would catch the occasional pass, tight ends have become key cogs on offense.
Fresh off of clinching its first playoff berth since 2002, Oakland returns home to face Indianapolis, a team that is still in the postseason conversation. The Raiders (11-3) now have their sights set on an AFC West title, while the Colts (7-7) must win (and get plenty of help) to maintain any hope of winning the South.
After 55 seasons in San Diego, this afternoon could be the last time the Oakland Raiders visit the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Last month, the team’s new stadium ballot measure failed in San Diego County, as only 57 percent of the votes cast were in favor.
The Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs have been rivals since the inaugural season of the AFL in 1960. On Thursday night, they will play in one of the most important games in the recent history of the series.
This Week 13 game between the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders could have playoff implications for both teams before all is said and done, which is significant considering the two teams have the longest active postseason droughts (17 years for Buffalo, 14 for Oakland) in the NFL.