The Raiders were just one game behind the division-leading Broncos prior to Week 9, but Oakland is now two games back at 3-5 after losing to the Buccaneers on Sunday. The loss also put the Raiders down to third place, as the Chargers won and are now 4-4.
Oakland is also two games behind the two teams currently holding down the AFC Wild Card spots. The Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers are both 5-3 after wins on Sunday.
It will be hard to make up ground this week, as the Raiders face the 6-2 Baltimore Ravens in Week 10. The Ravens are leading the AFC North and are one game behind Houston for home field advantage in the playoffs.
Head coach Dennis Allen's squad isn't totally dead yet, as they play a number of winnable games in the second half of the schedule. The Raiders face five teams with three wins or less in the Browns, Chiefs, Panthers, Saints, and Bengals.