The Oakland Raiders headed into Week 15 against the division rival Kansas City Chiefs with high hopes of pulling off the upset against arguably one of the best teams in the conference. The Chiefs may be sporting one of the best defenses in the NFL and have arguably one of the best running back in the NFL in Jamaal Charles, but Dennis Allen and company were optimistic about pulling out a win.
Regardless of the optimism and playing in front of the home crowd in Oakland, the Raiders were crushed by their rivals with Charles exploding for 195 total yards and five total touchdowns. Oakland simply had no answer for Charles or Alex Smith as the Chiefs went on to score a historic 56 points against the Raiders on their home field.
As a result of yet another loss, the Raiders dropped another spot in ESPN’s NFL power rankings falling below the lowly Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars:
No. 28 – Atlanta Falcons (4-10)
No. 29 – Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10)
No. 30 – Oakland Raiders (4-10)
No. 31 – Washington Redskins (3-11)
No. 32 – Houston Texans (2-12)
Unfortunately for the Raiders, the rest of the AFC West has played pretty well this season with the Denver Broncos being the cream of the crop and the Chiefs not far behind. Even though the San Diego Chargers may ultimately be on the outside looking in on the playoffs, Philip Rivers and company have gotten something going in the second half of the season with their playoff hopes still very much alive.
Here are the AFC West rankings:
No. 2 – Denver Broncos (11-3)
No. 6 – Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)
No. 15 – San Diego Chargers (7-7)
With the way things are shaping up in the final weeks of the season, the Broncos are well on their way to clinching the top seed in AFC while having already punched their ticket to the playoffs. The Chiefs appear to be on the verge of locking up a Wild Card spot while the Chargers still have a chance to be playoff bound with two games remaining.