Playoff predictor now points Raiders' way

ESPN.com’s Insider playoff predictor has been illustrating just how fast change has occurred and how unpredictable the AFC West has been the past few weeks.

For the third straight week, the predictor projects a new winner in the division. This week it is Oakland. The predictor believes the Raiders will get in the playoffs at 8-8. It figures Oakland has a 53.3 percent chance to make the playoffs. Two weeks go, the predictor tabbed Kansas City, and last week San Diego was the projected division winner.

But Oakland is the clear favorite at this point. It is 5-4, and the other three teams in the division are 4-5. Oakland has the easiest remaining schedule in the division. This race if far from over, but Oakland is now in the driver’s seat.