Raiders News: AFC Week 14 roundup

Even though the Las Vegas Raiders are only one game behind for third and final place in the AFC Wild Card, I think everyone can agree that the Raiders’ playoff hopes are gone.

Las Vegas went to Kansas City and found out what it’s like to to be in competition with being on the same pitch as a legitimate playoff contender, well … the result was lousy.

Still, let’s take a look at the rest of the conference and some of the teams we’ll be watching in January and February.

Key statistics:

  • Tyler Huntley, QB, Ravens: 27/38, 270 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 6 carries, 45 rushing yards
  • Devonta Freeman, RB, Ravens: 18 overall touchdowns, 72 total yards
  • Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens: 11 catches 115 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Anthony Averett, CB, Ravens: 5 total tackles, 2 SEBs
  • Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns: 22/32, 190 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • Nick Chubb, RB, Browns: 17 carries, 59 yards
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns: 5 catches, 90 yards
  • Myles Garrett, EDGE, Browns: 3 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 TD

The Browns were able to take advantage of the unusual NFL schedule where they played against the Ravens, got a pass, and then played against the Ravens again. Essentially, Cleveland had three weeks to prepare for this one and left with the W.

However, the biggest news in this game is about Lamar Jackson’s health. Jackson left early in the second quarter and did not return with a sprained ankle. At the moment, it’s unclear how long he’ll be out, but it’s something to watch as the Ravens slide down the conference standings with back-to-back losses.

Baltimore still holds the four seeds, but will host the Packers next week, a game where you’d love to have your starting quarterback. The Browns welcome the Raiders to town on Saturday in a tie five for second and third in the AFC Wild Card.

Key statistics:

  • Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans: 20/31, 191 passing yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 4 carries, 29 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
  • D’Onta Foreman, RB, Titans: 13 carries, 47 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
  • Julio Jones, WR, Titans: 4 catches, 33 yards
  • Rashaad Evans, LB, Titans: 6 total tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PD

Every week there’s one game that I fly over – it usually involves AFC South – and it’s this one for this week. Everyone expected the Titans to win and their defense certainly showed up, but their offense continues to struggle without Derrick Henry. Admittedly, Tennessee had some good news about Henry yesterday, as he could be back by week 18.

Another funny statistic of this one, the Jaguars have run the ball eight times for eight yards… that’s unbelievably bad.

The Titans lead their division and currently sit second in the AFC playoff table, with a road game against the Steelers ahead.

Key statistics:

  • Teddy Bridgewater, QB: 18/25, 179 yards, 2 TDs
  • Melvin Gordon, RB: 24 carries, 111 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Javonte Williams, RB: 16 total touchdowns, 83 total yards, 2 total touchdowns
  • Justin Simmons, S: 6 total tackles, 1 PD

Well, this one puts the Raiders in last place in the AFC West. The Broncos went about business and honored Demarius Thomas in the right way, with a win. Denver averaged 4.7 yards per carry as a team, and their defense was strong against a struggling Lions team.

Surprisingly, the Broncos managed to get back into the playoff table as another of five teams tied for the last two places in the conference. However, they still lack a “quality win” and take one of the teams they are tied with, the Cincinnati Bengals, at home next weekend.

Key statistics:

  • Justin Herbert, QB: 23/31, 275 passing yards, 3 TDs, 10 carries, 33 rushing yards
  • Austin Ekeler, RB: 14 total touches, 84 total yards
  • Jalen Guyton, WR: 3 catches, 87 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Justin Jones, DT: 5 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QB hit

The theme for the day was trouble-free games that played out as everyone expected, and this one was no different. Los Angeles dominated from start to finish and Justin Herbert made a few “wow” throws that wowed even Raider fans. The Chargers’ defense was solid, but their performance game against the Giants led by Mike Glennon.

The Bolts are now one game behind the Chiefs for the head of the division, with an upcoming football game Thursday night in Los Angeles between the two teams.

Key statistics:

  • Joe Burrow, QB: 25/34, 348 passing yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
  • Joe Mixon, RB: 20 ​​total touches, 68 total yards
  • Tee Higgins, WR: 5 catches, 114 yards
  • Von Bell, S: 10 total tackles, 2 PD

We will end with arguably the most exciting game of yesterday. San Francisco entered the fourth quarter with a two-possession lead, but Joe Burrow and Cincinnati came out strong and sent the game into overtime. The 49ers had the last laugh, however, as Brandon Aiyuk just passed the ball over the goal line in overtime to claim the victory.

The Bengals are now involved in the aforementioned group of 7-6 AFC Wild Card teams and will face the Broncos in Denver next week.

Goodbye weeks: Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Miami dolphins

In other Raiders links:

  • The Raiders troll leaders after the victory: Kansas City played “Wheels on the Bus” in reference to last year’s game at Arrowhead when Las Vegas won a victory lap around the stadium.
  • Scorigami: the only gift the Raiders gave everyone was Zay Jones fumbling at the end of the game to preserve 1,071st single note in NFL history.
  • Las Vegas opens as an underdog by 6.5 points: the front lines of DraftKings are out and the Raiders are already a touchdown dog for the Browns.
  • Instant Tape Don’t Lie reaction: Hear our analysts’ initial take on yesterday’s game.

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