A late-game collapse has essentially left the Oakland Raiders' hopes of ending an eight-year playoff drought to this formula: Win their final two games and hope.
Before the Raiders can start digging deep into the NFL's tiebreaking scenarios they have a much more important task. They must figure out how to get back on track following a three-game losing streak.
Lopsided losses at Miami and Green Bay were followed by perhaps Oakland's most crushing loss of the season. The Raiders (7-7) blew a 13-point lead in the closing minutes against Detroit and lost 28-27 on Sunday to deal a blow to their playoff hopes.
''Three weeks ago we were 7-4 and feeling pretty good about ourselves and now all of a sudden we've gotten to .500, so that's not where we want to be,'' coach Hue Jackson said. ''I think we understand the predicament that we have put ourselves in. So what we need to do is get the ship riding and go to Kansas City and play well.''
The players had the day off Monday because of th...