Thursday, October 14, 2021

Las Vegas Raiders Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 17.8 (T-17th)
  • Best ranking: 14th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 23rd (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Most improved player: WR Bryan Edwards

How they've improved: Yes, he had a terrible drop while wide-open downfield in the second half of the Raiders' ugly loss to the Bears on Sunday. But in Las Vegas' 3-0 start to the season, he had been the team's closer, so to speak, with clutch catches late in games. Plus, with 13 catches for 236 yards thus far, he has already eclipsed his totals from his rookie season, when he caught 11 passes for 193 yards in 12 games. -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 18

In 2018, the Raiders gave Jon Gruden a 10-year, $100 million contract with the hope he would guide the franchise back to the promised land. Instead, Gruden resigned on Monday after three seasons and five games following reports that emails he wrote over a seven-year span included racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments. Gruden's sudden downfall is one of the biggest bombshells in franchise history. More than just the head coach, Gruden was the face of the franchise and driving architect behind the team's construction. Interim coach Rich Bisaccia has been tasked with keeping the 2021 season from slipping away under extraordinary circumstances. As for who fills the massive power vacuum in Vegas? The Raiders are probably asking themselves the same question.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

What will the Jon Gruden resignation do to this team? Do they rally around each other? After two straight losses, they have to hope that's the case.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

This franchise finally seemed to be on solid footing, then the bottom falls out with Jon Gruden's stunning demise. This could set Silver and Black back years, but outcome was inevitable ... and correct.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

Breakout player: Hunter Renfrow has gone from cute little third-down guy to a hard-nosed enforcer on fake punts who is hard to cover on any down. He first gave notice that this year was going to be different when he got the best of Rams corner Jalen Ramsey at the teams' intrasquad practices in August. Now, he's one of only a handful of receivers to have topped 50 yards every game. He has even used a patented, slow-developing triple move that hypnotizes defensive backs.

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