Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Las Vegas Raiders Week 8 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: 11.0 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 11th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Prediction we missed: QB Derek Carr would thrive in his fourth season ... with Jon Gruden.

Carr was humming along in the Raiders' 3-0 start before hitting a couple of speed bumps in a two-game losing streak and Gruden's sudden resignation in the wake of his email controversy. The last two games, though, Carr has been sublime, especially in completing 91.2% (31 of 34) of his passes against the Eagles, the second-best such mark with 30 attempts in NFL history. New playcaller Greg Olson is seemingly giving Carr more freedom to get in and out of plays at the line, and Carr is responding. -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 11

The Bisaccia Bump is real! The Raiders improved to 2-0 since Rich Bisaccia took over as interim coach, and you can argue that Las Vegas' best two games of the season -- their most complete efforts, anyway -- have come with Jon Gruden sitting on a couch in parts unknown. Derek Carr was simply brilliant against the Eagles, completing 31 of 34 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns. The quarterback's dominance was even more impressive considering star tight end Darren Waller was scratched before the game with knee and ankle issues. The MVP field is lousy with superstars having career years, but Carr absolutely deserves to be in the conversation right now. He's been one of the best players in the league.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They are 2-0 without Jon Gruden. This group seems to have rallied after Gruden's scandalous resignation. Derek Carr is playing well.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

They're humming post-Gruden, all the way to top of the AFC West, averaging 33.5 points and 434 yards past two weeks. And with six players already exceeding 300 yards from scrimmage, this crew's on track to be best Las Vegas team in NFL history. Ever.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Trick or treat: This is not a trick: Derek Carr should be in the MVP conversation, not just for his play this season, but for how he's held the Raiders together after Jon Gruden's resignation. On the field, Carr rebounded from a tough two-week stretch earlier this month to put up ridiculous passing numbers against Denver and Philadelphia, including a 91 percent completion rate in Week 7.

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