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Raiders Need a Win and Help to Reach the NFL’s Second Season

The Raiders beat the Chiefs in OT on Sunday, and this week, they will be scoreboard watching – and rooting for the very team they beat this past week.

The playoff path for the Raiders is a pretty simple one. Beat the Chargers Sunday and the Chiefs beat the Broncos, your the AFC West champs. Otherwise, your sitting at home and looking forward to the 2012 season.

Hue Jackson says for now, let’s just worry about beating the Bolts, a team that up until last weeks blowout loss to the Lions had been playing very good football.

“I am not going to get caught up in all the different scenarios,” Jackson said Monday. “I know they’re out there. I think I would be remiss as the leader of this football team if I just jumped over in that boat. I think the boat I have to jump in is getting this team to play as hard and well as it can play this weekend.”

Being in the playoff race is a refreshing change for the Raiders, as in the past decade playing for a playoff spot in week 17 was never in the cards for the silver and black.

“This time of year you’re usually shipping your car home, making travel plans,” linebacker Quentin Groves said. “But now it’s all about getting that W.”

It starts with that. If they can beat the Bolts, they will have done all they could to try and make the postseason. A loss to San Diego, and the Raiders don’t deserve to be in the mix for the NFL’s second season.

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