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2011 NFL Playoffs: Oakland Raiders Face Daunting Schedule In Final Month

The Oakland Raiders have been one of the more surprising stories in the NFL this season and the team is on the cusp of a playoff birth for the first time since 2002. They have found success thus far without two of their more talented players in Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford, but they will need all hands on deck if they hope to survive the final month of the regular season.

The Raiders will play teams with a combined record of 29-26 in weeks 13 through 17, including a road showdown with the undefeated Green Bay Packers for week 14. What looked like an easy game a month ago now looks like a tough one against the suddenly-hot Miami Dolphins this weekend. The Detroit Lions will come to town in week 15 in a game with big playoff implications before the Raiders head to Kansas City for a big AFC West battle. And despite their recent struggles, the San Diego Chargers in week 17 will not go easily.

According to Football Outsiders. Oakland has one of the toughest remaining schedules of any team in contention for a playoff bid. There will be little room for error in the month of December.

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