NFL playoff picture: Raiders' chances plummet as Chiefs win AFC West


OAKLAND -- It was fun for the Raiders to talk about the playoffs while it lasted. 

That conversation is no more. 

The Silver and Black entered their Week 14 game against the Titans needing a win to jump back into the playoff periphery. The Raiders never got off the bus, though, as Tennessee blitzed Oakland 42-21 at the Coliseum. With the loss, the Raiders' third straight L, Jon Gruden's team falls to 6-7 and now is in ninth place in the AFC.

The Chiefs clinched the AFC West crown with their 23-16 win over the Patriots. They now are 9-4 and in third place in the AFC, one game behind the Patriots for a first-round bye. The Ravens (11-2) won again and are in the driver's seat for the No. 1 seed. 

The Texans and Titans both are 8-5, but Houston currently holds the tiebreaker and is slotted as the No. 4 seed, while Tennessee sits in the No. 7 spot, just out of the playoff picture. The Titans and Texans will play two times in the final three weeks to decide the AFC South title. 

Despite the Bills' loss to the Ravens, Buffalo (9-4) still is the No. 5 seed and the top wild-card team, while the Steelers (8-5) are the six seed and the second wild-card team. 

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The Raiders' playoff hopes are all but extinguished now as the Silver and Black would need to win their final three games and hope Tennessee and Pittsburgh lose out.  

Three weeks ago, the Raiders were 6-4 and firmly in the playoff discussion. After three straight blow out losses, those playoff hopes are all but dead.

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