What it means: The Raiders’ playoff hopes took a major hit. Oakland is now 6-7. Oakland will either remain tied with San Diego or trail it by one game depending on the outcome of the Kansas City-San Diego game. Regardless, the Raiders have a difficult road to the playoffs. After the opening kickoff in San Diego, the PA announcer made a special announcement, telling fans to look at the big scoreboard that showed: Jaguars 38, Raiders 31. The entire stadium erupted. That was good news for both San Diego and Kansas City.
Tomorrow’s talker: The Raiders couldn’t hold onto to be a big lead. Oakland led the Jaguars, 17-7, at halftime. But the Jaguars exploded for 31 points in the second half, including 21 points in the third quarter. It spoiled strong games by Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell and running back Darren McFadden. Campbell, who had to briefly leave the game in the fourth quarter because of an injury, threw for 324 yards. If he finishes the season strong, he should go into the offseason as Oakland’s starter for 2011. McFadden had 123 yards rushing and 86 yards receiving. He scored three touchdowns as he made another case for a Pro Bowl selection.
Trending: If the Raiders don’t make it to the playoffs, it will be because of its play AFC competition outside of the division. Oakland is now 0-5 against non-divisional AFC competition. The Raiders are 4-0 in the AFC West and it was 2-2 against NFC West opponents. The Raiders are 0-3 in early games this season.
What’s next: Oakland hosts Denver next week. Oakland beat the Broncos, 59-14 in Denver in October.