It's been a long time since the Oakland Raiders have made the journey to the National Football League Playoffs.
In fact, they haven't seen the Playoffs since 2002.
After their Week 12 win over the Carolina Panthers, the Raiders are in the driver's seat. In fact, they are the number two seed in the AFC and would earn a Wild Card Round bye.
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They are the league's most dangerous playoff team. Why? It's simple. Their offense.
Derek Carr has been dangerous all season and has made the next step in his growth to becoming one of the NFL's best quarterbacks and the defense is slowly shaping into form.
The defense is playing at a high level. They rank in the top ten across the league in points allowed, total defense, pass defense and run defense. The Silver and Black are also tied for sixth in total turnovers with 19, lead the lead in forced fumbles and tied for fifth in fumble recoveries.
On top of that, they could also see a familiar face returning in one Aldon Smith, who could be reinstated by the league. The addition of Smith would be a huge boost to Oakland and their chances of making the Super Bowl this year.
As of now, the Oakland Raiders are the number two seed in the AFC. With Carr, Amari Cooper, the offensive line, Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin and Karl Jospeh all firing - with the potential to add Aldon Smith's pass-rushing ability - we could be seeing the Raiders in action on February 5th at NRG Stadium.
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