Heading into early bye, Raiders have the look of a playoff team

A lot can change in one week in the NFL, and Week 5 made a big difference for the Raiders.

After last week’s home loss to Buffalo, which dropped Las Vegas to 2-2 on the season, the FiveThirtyEight playoff projections gave the Raiders a 27 percent chance of making the postseason. That’s not a death sentence, but it didn’t exactly paint a rosy picture, either.

After Sunday’s stunning and cathartic 40-32 victory at Kansas City, however, the Raiders’ odds jumped up to an even 50 percent, lending credence to the fact that, in their first year in Las Vegas, the silver and black have the unmistakable look of a playoff team.


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