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Las Vegas Raiders’ schedule: three AFC West teams in final six games

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NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys
Nov 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (2) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) are interviewed after the win over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

With the Las Vegas Raiders at 6-5 and entering the 13th week of the NFL season, that means only one-third of the season remains.

Along with the Raiders, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos are 6-5 and all three teams are one game back of the Kansas City Chiefs, who are 7-4.

Looking at the AFC Playoff picture, the Raiders are just on the outside looking in, sitting at the No. 8 position, with seven teams making the playoffs in the league’s new postseason bracket this winter.

Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said the team has to keep in mind of where they are at, with aspirations to make the playoffs for the first time in five years.

“Never lose sight of the race,” Bisaccia told the media Monday afternoon. “Where are we actually in the race? At this particular point, we’re right in the middle of it. We’re in the thick of it and that’s what we all think. Fortunately for us, we played well enough at times to be right in the thick of it.

“So, to some degree, we’re in control of making our decisions and how we’re going to practice and how we’re going to play.”

The Chargers, who currently hold the No. 7 spot, own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Raiders as the Bolts are the only 6-5 team in the AFC to be in playoff picture entering this week.

Cincinnati, who defeated the Raiders two weeks ago, in addition to Buffalo have the other two wild card spots as both are 7-4.

Tennessee, New England, Baltimore and Kansas City, who are the AFC division leaders are seeds one through four atop the standings.

Las Vegas Raiders remaining schedule

Las Vegas Raiders schedule
Nov 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia reacts against the Cincinnati Bengalsin the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

All six of the remaining teams the Silver and Black faces either currently hold a playoff spot or are still in the hunt.

DateOpponentTime (PST)TV
Sunday, December 5vs. Washington1:05 p.m.FOX
Sunday, December 12@ Kansas City10:00 a.m.CBS
Saturday, December 18@ Cleveland1:30 p.m.NFL Network
Sunday, December 26vs. Denver1:25 p.m.CBS
Sunday, January 2@ Indianapolis10:00 a.m.CBS
Sunday January 9vs. Los Angeles Chargers1:25 p.m.CBS

In the Raiders’ final six games, three are against divisional opponents. Furthermore, after this week’s game against Washington, the final five matchups will be against AFC opponents, which could determine playoff tiebreakers and seeding come January.

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Las Vegas Raiders schedule predictions

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Las Vegas Raiders
Nov 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr reacts prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Week 13 – vs. Washington Football Team

Spread: Raiders -2.5

Moneyline: Raiders -140; Football Team +120

Over/under: 49.5

Vegas Sports Today Prediction: Raiders 30, Football Team 17

Week 14 – @ Kansas City Chiefs

Vegas Sports Today Prediction: Chiefs 29, Raiders 17

Las Vegas takes on Kansas City on Dec. 12 at Arrowhead Stadium. After losing 41-14 two weeks ago at home, the Raiders will look to get revenge and win their second consecutive game in Kansas City.

Week 15 – @ Cleveland Browns

Vegas Sports Today Prediction: Raiders 33, Browns, 32

In three weeks when Las Vegas faces Cleveland, it will be the second year in a row the team heads to FirstEnergy Stadium. It is the second time – and first since the 1971 and 1973 seasons – where the Raiders play in Cleveland on back-to-back occasions in the series.

Week 16 – vs. Denver Broncos

Vegas Sports Today Prediction: Raiders 24, Broncos 17

The Raiders host the Broncos the day after Christmas as the Silver and Black will go after their fourth straight win against Denver inside Allegiant Stadium.

Week 17 – @ Indianapolis Colts

Vegas Sports Today Prediction: Raiders 35, Colts 24

To start the new year, the Raiders play their eighth and final road game of the season against the Colts on Jan. 2, 2022. These two teams will face each other for the third consecutive year, with Indianapolis taking the victories in 2018 and 2020.

Week 18 – vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Vegas Sports Today Prediction: Raiders 27, Chargers 24

The regular season concludes on Jan. 9 against the Chargers in the first full season with fans at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders will look avenge its early season loss in Los Angeles.

Disclaimer: All our predictions are based on the Raiders keeping and starting these players:

  • Quarterback: Derek Carr
  • Running back: Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake
  • Wide receiver: Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards, DeSean Jackson
  • Tight end: Darren Waller, Foster Moreau