Thursday, November 12, 2020

Las Vegas Raiders Week 10 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: 11.6 (T-10th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 13th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

They survived a coin-flip game against the Chargers. Derek Carr had a great stretch in the third quarter where he rolled to his right and fired downfield to Hunter Renfrow for 53 yards on third down, then ran for a first down on third-and-10, and finally found Darren Waller for a 2-yard touchdown. The Raiders are 5-3 and own the NFL's sixth-ranked offense.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

Give Jon Gruden credit. They've won two straight road games to get to 5-3 and in the playoff hunt. The defense still needs to get better.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

Some breakout for WR Nelson Agholor, who leads the league with 20.4 yards per catch. The former first-rounder averaged 11.2 ypc in five years with Philadelphia.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Recalibrated expectation: Make the playoffs

Hey, as it stands now, the Raiders would be the No. 6 seed in the AFC. And as the lone team to beat the Super Bowl champion Chiefs in the last (checks notes) calendar year, confidence is high. Especially with how Las Vegas continues to win games with patchwork offensive lines, fill-in secondaries and a more daring Derek Carr at quarterback. Playoffs? Why not? -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 10

Isaiah Johnson was the unlikely hero on Sunday in Los Angeles. Twice in the final five seconds of game time, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert targeted the receiver Johnson was covering in the end zone, and twice, Johnson did enough to prevent a catch in a dramatic 31-26 win. Sure, Johnson needed a little help from the replay ref on Donald Parham Jr. 's apparent game-winner, but the call was right, and the cornerback had done his job. Beating the Chargers was the first test in a stretch of three consecutive games against division rivals -- the Broncos and Chiefs come to Allegiant Stadium over the next two weeks.

Previous update: Las Vegas Raiders Week 9 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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