Saturday, September 19, 2020

Las Vegas Raiders Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Las Vegas Raiders rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 18.4 (17th)
  • Best ranking: 16th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 21st (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

What we learned: They had the best offensive line performance of any team. Derek Carr was the only Week 1 starter who didnt suffer a single sack or quarterback hit. And this was a game where the Raiders got down to their third-string right tackle in the second half. Carr was efficient and connected with rookie Henry Ruggs III for a 45-yard completion in the first half. Josh Jacobs piled up 139 yards from scrimmage and looked great as a receiver. And the offense went up and down the field all game long. Down three in the fourth quarter, the Raiders engineered a 75-yard touchdown drive to win the game. This is a group that knows its offensive identity, and the Raiders execution in Week 1 was outstanding.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

It wasn't always pretty, but they found a way against the Panthers in the opener. The defense has to be better.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

RB Josh Jacobs' three-TD effort keyed first NFL win in Las Vegas history ... though Jon Gruden's Walter Payton comp was a bit much.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Best rookie debut: WR Henry Ruggs III
Yeah, he is as fast as advertised. The starting wideout flashed his 4.27-second 40-yard speed early and often, especially on his 45-yard catch-and-run to the Panthers' 1-yard line. Ruggs banged up his left knee on an awkward tackle late in the first half and went to the locker room but returned after halftime. His three catches for 55 yards and two runs for 11 yards all came before halftime, though he said he "kind of went down a little crazy, but I'll be all right." -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 19

With all due respect to Kyler Murray, Josh Jacobs was the best offensive rookie in football last year, and on Sunday, he took the next step toward true star status with a monster day against the Panthers. Jacobs piled up 139 yards from scrimmage and scored three times in a 34-30 win, outproducing Christian McCaffrey in a game featuring two of the league's top young running backs. The Raiders' defense showed it still has much work to do, but credit is in order for the game-clinching fourth-and-1 run stuff by Clelin Ferrell and linebacker Cory Littleton late in the fourth quarter. These were the big plays the Raiders had in mind when they took Ferrell fourth overall last year.

Previous update: Las Vegas Raiders Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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