#5 2nd place in AFC West
How do you place second to a team you actually ended up beating during the regular season? While the truth is that the Raiders lost their second game to the Chiefs, and took a key loss to the Chargers in week 16, it is still a hard pill to swallow. Keep in mind that the Raiders lost 43-6 to Falcons at this time, and proceeded to go 1-3 after that lopsided game. That's why the Raiders need to be worried about finding a way to stay competitive throughout the entire season.
Now, a lot of the Raiders problems last year had to do with injuries and pandemic protocol, but those weren't the only reasons the team fell apart.