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3. Oakland (3-9)

Remaining opponents' winning percentage: .375 (18-30 combined record)

Best chance to win: Against visiting Kansas City (2-10) on Dec. 16, at Carolina (3-9) on Dec. 23.

Outlook: Having dropped five straight contests, the Raiders now have the NFL’s third-longest losing streak following the eight-game skids of Arizona and Philadelphia. But after hosting Denver on Thursday night, Oakland has a chance to salvage the end of its season against the Chiefs,Panthers and slumping San Diego (4-8).

Biggest position of need: The defensive line. There are plenty of holes in Oakland but this is the biggest one. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly has never lived up to the seven-year, $50 million contract he signed in 2008. The Raiders can create some much-needed salary cap space by releasing Kelly rather than paying him a $6.5 million base salary in 2013. Oakland also never replaced the pass rush provided by end Kamerion Wimbley after cutting him last March because of cap issues. The Raiders are ranked No. 31 in sacks with 14, led by end Matt Shaughnessy with a mere 3.5. -Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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