Thursday, September 21, 2023

Las Vegas Raiders Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Las Vegas Raiders in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Player: RB Josh Jacobs
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

Having sat out the entirety of the Raiders' offseason program and training camp in a contract stalemate -- Jacobs did not sign his $10.091 million franchise tag by the July 17 deadline; rather, he agreed to a reworked one-year deal worth up to $12 million with bonuses -- the All-Pro running back acknowledged he had to knock some of the "rust" off. But after averaging 2.5 yards per carry in rushing for 48 yards in the season opener at Denver, Jacobs had minus-2 yards on nine carries at Buffalo. Per Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time since the 1970 merger a reigning league rushing champ finished a game with negative rushing yardage. -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 26

Well, the first drive looked promising. Then the Raiders got smacked in the face repeatedly, being outscored 38-3 over the final 57-plus minutes in their loss to the Bills. Jimmy Garoppolo wasn't under a ton of pressure on Sunday, but when he was, bad things happened. Josh Jacobs somehow ran for -2 yards, as six of his nine rush attempts went for zero yards or fewer. That's not a good look for the offensive line or the offense as a whole. As great as Davante Adams might be, the rest of this Raiders offense didn't produce enough worthy plays while it was a close game (outside of Tre Tucker's 34-yard end around). Plus, losing the turnover battle 3-0 on the road rarely works out well. Back to the drawing board.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

They walked into a bad situation at Buffalo after the way the Bills played against the Jets, and it showed. They were bad.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

No more bizarre and disturbing ongoing storyline in the league than whatever's occurring between Las Vegas and estranged DE Chandler Jones.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

Josh Jacobs had nine carries for minus-2 yards Sunday. He has 46 yards through two games. His yards before contact per rush is minus-.29. A negative number! What exactly is the offensive plan in Las Vegas?

FOX -- Rank:

End zone interceptions are the type of thing that lose you NFL games. Credit to Jimmy Garoppolo: after he threw his, he guided the Raiders on two huge drives to ice a road division win. Maybe an uninspiring win, but a win.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 26

Josh Jacobs has 46 yards on 28 carries. That's an astonishingly slow start for last year's rushing champ. Presumably Jacobs will get going soon, but being gone all of August due to displeasure over his franchise tag isn't helping so far.

PFT -- Rank: 27

The latest visit to Buffalo went better than 51-3, but not by much.

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