The Oakland Raiders are firmly in the NFL's playoff picture. In the if-the-playoffs-started-today category, Oakland, at 9-2, would be the second seed in the AFC. Currently they are tied with the New England Patriots for the conference's best record, however Tom Brady's Patriots currently hold the tiebreaker.

Betting odds for the AFC favorites

Nonetheless, finishing 2nd is a great spot to be in as No. 2 seeds avoid Wild Card weekend and they have home-field advantage in the conference semifinals. The scenario where a No. 2 seed potentially loses is when it comes to home-field advantage in the conference final.

However, it's still too early to look at that situation with five weeks to go in the regular season.

But the Oakland Raiders, despite being the No. 2 seed, are not the 2nd favorites to win the AFC according to bet365's betting odds. Currently that status belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 6/1 with that firm to win the conference despite just a 6-5 record that has them out of the playoff picture at the moment. The Raiders are 7/1 with the same sportsbook while the New England Patriots' betting odds are shorter than even at 5/6.

What's next for the Oakland Raiders?

The Raiders' remaining opponents do not include any team that isn't at least mediocre. Next up they play the Buffalo Bills (6-5) in a Week 13 game that Buffalo needs to stay relevant in the post-season picture.

After that Oakland faces the Kansas City Chiefs (8-3), the San Diego Chargers (5-6), the Indianapolis Colts (5-6), and then the Denver Broncos (7-4). In that group of five games, road games will be against Denver, KC, and San Diego. The games against the Broncos and the Chiefs certainly look like the tricky ones to win.

If you project a 3-2 record for the Oakland Raiders for the balance of the season then they would finish at 12-4. As solid as that record looks, it may or may not be good enough for the divisional title. The KC Chiefs, at 8-3, are nipping at Oakland's heels in the AFC West and everything is still up for grabs.

The key game down the stretch for both teams is the one upcoming when Oakland travels to Kansas City. The winner of that game may very well have a huge edge in the standings when it comes to winning the division and getting a bye through Wild Card weekend.

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