Oakland Raiders: 5 Things That Need To Happen for Them To Win AFC West

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Oakland Raiders: 5 Things That Need To Happen for Them To Win AFC West
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Yes, the Oakland Raiders (7-6) find themselves in an undesirable position of staring up at the first-place Denver Broncos (8-5) in the AFC West.

Worse, the Raiders’ current two-game losing streak in which they’ve been outscored 80-30 actually feels like a longer losing streak. Worse, given that the Broncos have won six games in a row, Oakland must feel like they're on a three-game losing streak. The Raiders have seen their two-game lead in the division turn into a one-game deficit, with three games to go.

Such is life in the NFL.

Some Raiders fans have been calling for the head (or hand) of quarterback Carson Palmer, whose mishandling performance on offense of late has not warranted any laurels, for sure. Other critics point to coach Hue Jackson’s hugely risky decision-making as an influence of the team’s disrupted focus and mindset. All the while, injuries have hamstrung the lightning-quick abilities of Oakland’s offense.

And yet through it all—the injuries, the colossal defeats, the wide receiver carousel, the death of owner Al Davis—the Raiders find themselves in a position they have not recognized for nearly eight years—the playoff hunt.

But in order for Oakland to achieve their rather impudent prophecy of winning the division, they’ll have to have a few balls bounce their way. Moreover, the following things need to happen in order for them to make the playoffs.

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