Wednesday update: The Raiders have benched Derek Carr for the final two games of the regular season to avoid his injury guarantee. The Raiders went from 6.5-point underdogs against the 49ers in Week 17 to 9.5-point underdogs. DraftKings Sportsbook pulled their odds to make the playoffs for the time being.
Monday results update: The Raiders still have a slim chance, even with the Chargers beating the Colts on Monday night, but they’re going to need a lot of help.
Sunday results update: The Dolphins lost their Sunday matchup against the Packers, so the Raiders hold onto playoff contention for one more week.
Saturday results update: The Raiders led the Steelers all game until the final minute of the fourth quarter before blowing it. They lost 13-10 and are on the verge of playoff elimination. If the Dolphins beat or tie the Packers and the Chargers beat or tie the Colts, Las Vegas will be eliminated from playoff contention.
The Las Vegas Raiders travel east in Week 16 to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Christmas Eve. The game wraps up a busy Saturday slate with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Both teams remain on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, and both face potential playoff elimination if things don’t go right this weekend. The Raiders are a 2.5-point road underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Raiders playoff chances
Odds to make playoffs: Yes +2000
Remaining opponents: Week 16 @ Steelers, Week 17 vs. 49ers, Week 18 vs. Chiefs
The Raiders are two games back of the Chargers and Dolphins for the final two wild card berths. With the Chiefs clinching the AFC West, that’s all Las Vegas has going for them. They don’t need to win out to earn a playoff berth, but a loss to the Steelers would put Las Vegas on the verge of elimination.
If the Raiders lose to the Steelers, they can be eliminated from playoff contention if the Chargers beat or tie the Colts and either the Dolphins beat or tie the Packers or the Patriots beat or tie the Bengals. If the Raiders tie the Steelers, they would be eliminated by Chargers and Dolphins wins, or wins by the Patriots and Chargers and a Dolphins tie.
Current playoff standings
5. Ravens, 9-5
6. Chargers, 8-6
7. Dolphins, 8-6