OAKLAND -- Had the Raiders beaten San Diego on Sunday, they would have played host to Pittsburgh next weekend in an AFC wild card-round game as the AFC West champs.
Instead, and after the Chargers' 38-26 thumping, the Raiders finished in a three-way tie for first place at 8-8 with the Denver Broncos and the Chargers but are technically a third-place team thanks to tie-breakers and will play a third-place schedule next season.
As such, they will play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars and travel to the Miami Dolphins again in games between third-place teams.
Oakland's other eight non-divisonal games will be against the AFC North (the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns) and the NFC South (the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
The remaining six games, of course, are home-and-home games against AFC West rivals Denver, San Diego and the Kansas City Chiefs.
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So Ravens, Steelers, Bengals, Saints, Falcons and Panthers next year. Not to mention going back to Miami. Oh my.