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HENDERSON. Nev. The scenario where the Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) and Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) only need to join Sunday night’s season finale at the Allegiant Stadium for both AFC West rivals to win a playoff spot, the Raiders have questioned and puzzled.
“I never think I’ve passed math, so I do not even know what the hell you just talked about,” Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia said with a laugh. “All I know is that we are really excited about our opportunity ahead of us on Sunday night and we will look to put our best foot on it. We will look to bring a product on the field that everyone from Raider Nation can be proud of. So that’s our focus right now. “
The NFL bent the wind-and-they-are game into prime time to get as many eyes on the rivalry game with as many playoff implications as possible. The scenario that allows a draw to be good enough for both depends on an Indianapolis Colts loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier in the day.
But the Raiders can win a spot before taking the field if the Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers lose earlier Sunday.
And although the Colts are favorites with 15.5 points, they have not won in AFC South rival Jacksonville since 2014. The Steelers, meanwhile, are with the Baltimore Ravens, who are favored by five points.
Both games are expected to end more than three hours before the Raiders and Chargers start in Las Vegas.
“Hopefully I speak for everyone, but for me I do not even want to see anything,” said Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. “I hope the television is off. I hope no one watches and I hope our full focus is on winning the football game. And if we can stick to it and someone comes up to me and says, ‘ Hey, we’re saying, “Oh, okay, great. I still want to get out there and still want to beat the Chargers. “
Should the Colts and Steelers both win, the Raiders must beat the Chargers to get their first playoff appearance since 2016, their second since the 2002 season.
“Someone said we could just kneel and tie if that was the scenario [where the Colts lose], “Carr added.” I thought, “Well, that sounds good to you, but I do not want to tie these guys either.” For me, it will be full focus on beating the Chargers, and I’m pretty sure that’s how our whole team feels, no matter what. You know, they beat us last time. We just want to play this match. “
Raiders Pro Bowls defensive end Maxx Crosby laughed at the permutations and Carr’s turn-off television dogma.
“Yeah, I’m a little different that way,” Crosby said. “I’m one of those guys who watches and I watch matches before our match in the locker room and stuff like that. I just love football and I try to make it as easy as I possibly can, no matter what.
“Football is a children’s game played by a bunch of grown men, so I do not want to overthink it and freak out and say, ‘Okay, I do not see anything …’ No matter what happens, we ‘have to win “I’m not going to say anything about the Chargers. It’s just that we want to win this match.”