Saturday, November 21, 2020

Las Vegas Raiders Week 11 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: 10.6 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

They beat the Broncos 37-12, and the truth is it could've been a lot worse. Raiders receivers dropped a couple of downfield passes from Derek Carr, who played well once again. The Raiders rank fifth on offense and are efficient pretty much every week. The question is whether their defense has improved or just took advantage of a bad opponent. They'll look to sweep the Chiefs in Week 11. The Raiders' playoff chances are all the way up to 68.5 percent.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

They have won three straight games and appear to be on their way to the playoffs. The Chiefs will be a barometer to show just how good they are this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

Time to show some love to a widely beleaguered defense displaying signs of life while allowing just 14.7 points per game over the last three weeks. Maintain something close to that level, and this team becomes a playoff factor.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

What would they take back: Drafting Lynn Bowden Jr. in Round 3

Taking the most versatile player in the draft at No. 80 overall seemed a stroke of genius at the time. But Bowden never played a snap with the Raiders after they traded him and a conditional sixth-round pick to the Dolphins for a fourth-round pick after training camp. GM Mike Mayock insisted it was purely a football decision, as the Raiders were trying to convert the WR/QB/KR into an NFL running back. It turned out to be a wasted pick in a third round in which the Raiders are currently 0-for-3. Bowden is gone, WR Bryan Edwards has been injured and LB Tanner Muse is on IR. -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 8

The Raiders are getting pretty good at being the bully. Josh Jacobs played the role of the kid who dominates recess, clearing 100 yards rushing and scoring two touchdowns before the end of the third quarter on Sunday. Drew Lock looked like the child sulking over his stolen lunch money after a four-interception meltdown. The Raiders have beaten three straight AFC West rivals and will try to make it four when the Chiefs come to town on Sunday. It's a huge measuring-stick game for Las Vegas, which can announce itself as a legit AFC contender with a season sweep of the defending champs. The bully is about to meet the big man on campus. Flagpole. 3 o'clock.

Previous update: Las Vegas Raiders Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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