The Raiders didn’t want to play next week. A victory in Denver would’ve clinched the AFC West, a first-round bye and at least one home game. Sunday’s 24-6 loss to the Broncos dropped them into the wild card pool, with a Saturday date against the Houston Texans on the road.
Unless Miami does something Herculean, the No. 5-seeded Raiders will be a travelling band throughout these playoffs. Of greater concern – the Raiders are road warriors -- need to vastly improve on Sunday’s performance. If they play the Texans the same way, an early exit seems inevitable. Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s loss: