Before the season, Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver boldly predicted the Oakland Raiders would be in the playoffs this year. Actually, he predicted the AFC Championship game. I laughed about it pretty hard because, well, it's the Raiders.
What's more impressive is who the Raiders were missing -- their top four pass catchers. All four of those guys, including WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, were out with injuries. Yet the Raiders run game keeps on chugging putting up 73 yards on 15 carries between RB Darren McFadden and CB Michael Bush.
If the Raiders win this, they'll be 2-0 on the year and legitimate contenders in the AFC West.