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Raiders beat Chargers, still have shot at playoffs

The Raiders secured their win total over, and got four big results to break in their favor. We break down a wild Week 16.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws the ball in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders beat the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 16 to improve to 7-8. The win got them over their preseason win total, but more importantly, completes the first half of an outside shot at a playoff appearance.

The Raiders need to win out and get eight other results to break in their favor — four in Week 16 and four more in Week 17. The Raiders got this win and somehow all four results they needed in Week 16 happened. The four results included Ravens over Browns, Jets over Steelers, Saints over Titans, and Colts over Panthers. Check, check, check, and check.

Heading into Week 17, the Raiders need to beat Denver, and then got four more results. Those four include the Browns beating the Bengals, the Ravens beating the Steelers, the Texans beating the Titans, and the Colts beating the Jaguars. That’s a lot, but it’s not out of the realm of the possible. Arguably the toughest might be Baltimore beating Pittsburgh if the Ravens bench some of their starters.

The Raiders jumped on the Chargers early, with Derek Carr finding Hunter Renfrow for a score and later running in a touchdown. They took a 14-7 lead into halftime, and did not give up the lead the rest of the way. Carr finished the game 26 of 30 for 291 yards and a touchdown and the scrambling touchdown. DeAndre Washington rushed for 72 yards and a score, and Renfrow led the team with seven receptions for 107 yards and the score.

Melvin Gordon had two rushing touchdowns for the Chargers, and added six receptions for 32 yards. Philip Rivers spread the ball around, connecting on at least five receptions with four different receivers. Keenan Allen led the team with 71 receiving yards.