The Las Vegas Raiders want to beat the Los Angeles Chargers to reach the playoffs and not settle for a draw
HENDERSON. Nev. – The scenario in which the Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) and Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) only have to tie in the season finale on Sunday evening at Allegiant Stadium in order for both AFC West rivals to achieve a playoff spot the raiders questioning and amused.
“I don’t think I’ve ever passed math, so I don’t even know what you were talking about,” said Raider’s interim coach Rich Bisaccia with a laugh. “I only know that we will be very happy about our chance on Sunday evening and will try to do our best. We will try to bring a product to market that all Raider Nation can be proud of. So that’s our focus right now. “
The NFL has moved the win-and-them-in game to prime time in an attempt to draw as many eyes as possible to the rivalry game with numerous playoff implications. The scenario that allows a tie to be good enough for both relies on the Indianapolis Colts losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier in the day.
But the Raiders can also secure a spot before they take the field if both the Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers lose earlier in the day.
And while the Colts are favorites with 15.5 points, they haven’t won at AFC South rivals Jacksonville since 2014. The Steelers are meanwhile with the Baltimore Ravens, who are favored with 5 points.
Both games will be completed more than three hours before the Raiders and Chargers kick-off in Las Vegas.
“Hopefully I’ll speak for everyone, but I won’t even see anything for me,” said Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. “I hope the TVs are all off. I hope no one is watching and I hope that we will concentrate fully on winning the football game. And if we stick with it and someone comes up to me and says, ‘Hey, we’re in,’ ‘Oh, OK, great. I still want to go out there and still beat the Chargers. “
Should the Colts and Steelers both win, the Raiders will have to beat the Chargers to make their first playoff appearance since 2016, their second since the 2002 season.
“Someone said we could just kneel down and tie if that’s the scenario [where the Colts lose]”Carr added.” I thought, ‘Well, that sounds good, but I don’t want to tie these guys either.’ For me, it’s going to be all about beating the Chargers, and I’m pretty confident that our entire team will think that no matter what. You know, they hit us last time. We just want to play this game. “
The defensive end of the Pro Bowl raider, Maxx Crosby, laughed at the permutations and Carr’s dogma of turning off the television.
“Yeah, I’m a little different,” said Crosby. “I’m one of those guys out there looking and going to see matches in the locker room before our game and all that. I just love football and I try to make it as easy as possible, no matter what.”
“Football is a no-brainer that is played by a bunch of grown men so I don’t want to think about it and freak out and say, ‘Okay, I’m not looking at …’ Whatever happens, we have to win. I won’t say about the Chargers. It’s just we want to win this game. “