For the first time all year, Football Outsiders’ 30,000 rest of season simulations has the 6-4 Raiders making the playoffs more than half the time.
At 50.5 percent, Oakland’s playoff hopes are looking more real by the week. They’ll potentially get yet another boost this week if they don’t succumb to a potential trap game against the Jets on Sunday.
The Jets are one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, but they’ve shown flashes of high-level competence. After two straight wins, Sam Darnold and Co. will be confident when they host the Raiders despite their 3-7 record.