The NFL international series hit Mexico City, although it sure wasn’t pretty for the “home” team in this bout.
New England had little trouble dispelling the Oakland Raiders in this one, ripping off a 33-8 win over a Raiders team that simply looked underwhelming and unimpressive. And that’s a shock, considering one could have easily called this contest a must-win game for Oakland, in terms of its playoff hopes.
Hence the hefty drop in our NFL power rankings this week.
At 4-6 now, the Raiders’ chances to get into the playoffs are slim at best. If there’s good news, the division-leading Chiefs lost, but technically Oakland is in third place in the AFC West, with the Chargers holding the tie-breaker (a win over the Raiders in Week 6).
It’s going to be interesting to see how head coach Jack Del Rio and Co. respond to this one-sided loss. There are some winnable games on the Raiders’ schedule coming up, but Week 11 might have been the last best chance to salvage playoff hopes.
They’re bleak right now.