NFL: 5 Reasons to Root for the Oakland Raiders to Win AFC West

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NFL: 5 Reasons to Root for the Oakland Raiders to Win AFC West
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It all comes down to this. One game. One weekend. One AFC West division title.

The Oakland Raiders have one chance and one chance only to earn their first playoff berth since 2002. All that stands in their way is the San Diego Chargers, this Sunday, at home at the Oakland Coliseum.

Oh, and the Denver Broncos.

There are a handful of scenarios that can unfold this weekend, with the end result being either the Broncos or the Raiders coming out on top of the AFC West. If the Raiders win and the Broncos lose, Oakland will win the division and claim the No. 4 seed in the AFC. But alternate options would result in the Raiders snaring the wild card spot—depending on certain other teams losing or winning.

Either way, the Raiders need to win.

What makes the situation more spicy is the battle between divisional foes. The Raiders must topple the Chargers; meanwhile, the fate of the AFC West hinges on the contest between the Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. It's an all-out Wild, Wild West shootout. The hate between all four teams will foam at the mouth this weekend. It will be exciting to see who is the last team standing.

Which team will come out on top? 

The nation has been captivated by the angelic performance of the otherwise unorthodox quarterback Tim Tebow. But on the flip side of the coin is the dark side, the notorious Silver & Black Oakland Raiders. It will truly be a battle of good versus evil, appropriately this Sunday. 

So who do you want to claim the division? Here are five reasons to root for the Oakland Raiders to win the AFC West.

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