The Raiders needed a win in Week 7 to save their season and they were able to get it against the Texans. Josh Jacobs had another monster performance, rushing for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
It was a significant win to get to 2-4 on the season and to stay in the playoff hunt. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Raiders saw their playoff chances rise from 16 percent to 22 percent in Week 7. The win was obviously the biggest factor in the odds shift for the Raiders, but they also had some things go their way on Sunday.
The Chargers, Broncos, Colts, Jaguars, Steelers, and Browns all lost in Week 7, making the Wild Card picture a bit cloudier. It will still likely take nine or more wins to make the playoffs, but all of these “contenders” falling this week certainly helped.
It’s still too early to get too concerned about the playoff picture, especially for the Raiders. But this was exactly the type of convincing win the Raiders needed to get back on track going into November.