Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Las Vegas Raiders Week 17 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 (16th)
  • Best ranking: 16th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 21st (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

Nelson Agholor, WR: He was a free agent last offseason and had to settle for a one-year, $1.05 million contract. But Agholor has bounced back with a career year, totaling 839 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 17.9 yards per reception. He'll be 28 in May and could cash in with a nice contract this offseason.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

That loss to the Dolphins was excruciating. The strategy at the end of the game backfired, wasting an improved defensive showing.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

Since that 6-3 start, they've surrendered 34.3 points per week. What happens defensively in Vegas shouldn't stay in Vegas.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

New Year's resolution: To not be 6-4 after 10 games

Yeah, we know the Raiders need a closer on defense after epic choke jobs against the Chargers and Dolphins, as well as a defensive coordinator who can make chicken salad, if you know what we mean. They could also get better on offense in the red zone instead of settling for 18 field goals from 20 to 29 yards. But being 6-4 has been the Raiders' death knell the past two seasons. In 2019, they lost five of their last six and, with a loss at Denver, will have accomplished the same ignominious goal this season. -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 19

For the second time in as many weeks, the Raiders ripped defeat from the jaws of victory in front of a national prime-time audience. The latest stumble could be traced back to conservative play-calling, a missed PAT and a hideous defensive breakdown in the final seconds of a 26-25 loss to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders -- who were officially eliminated from postseason contention with the loss -- are one cover-zero Hail Mary miracle against the Jets away from entering Week 17 on a six-game losing streak. Yep, it's another December implosion for the Silver and Black, and Jon Gruden is deserving of the scrutiny heading his way this offseason. Of course, that 10-year contract means he has little to worry about, other than bad press.

Previous update: Las Vegas Raiders Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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