Saturday, October 14, 2023

Las Vegas Raiders Week 6 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 6 roundup for the Las Vegas Raiders in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Fantasy surprise: WR Hunter Renfrow

The former Pro Bowler caught 103 passes two years ago, and after suffering through an injury-plagued season in 2022, he was expected to be a major part of the Raiders' offense this year. Instead, the slot man has been more the forgotten man with just 6 catches on 9 targets for 59 yards and without a score. Renfrow's relative absence has been one of the bigger mysteries through the first quarter of the season. -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 24

Jimmy Garoppolo's struggles threatened to give the game away, but the defense stood as tall as it has in a while -- and it wasn't all Maxx Crosby, even though he was exceptional, per usual. Big plays also came from some off-the-radar suspects. The Raiders had one interception on the season entering Week 5. Robert Spillane had one in his career before Monday. So it figures that Big Game Bob snagged two Jordan Love passes, even if those only led to three Raiders points. Amik Robertson's end-zone pick in the final minute finished it off, with just enough help from the offense in key spots. Garoppolo's nightmarish third quarter will haunt me until next week, but the Raiders found a way to get it done.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

They needed that victory over the Packers in the worst way. The defense came up big. Maxx Crosby is a beast.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

If they're going to salvage their season and use Monday's win as a catapult, now is the time. The Silver and Black face three one-win teams (Patriots, Bears, Giants) over the next four weeks.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

The bad news for the Raiders, beyond being 2-3, is that No. 7 pick Tyree Wilson and No. 35 pick Michael Mayer have made little impact on the team. Wilson has only five tackles and no sacks, and Mayer has three catches for 41 yards. The good news is Las Vegas may have salvaged something from the draft with a pair of fourth-rounders in cornerback Jakorian Bennett and quarterback Aidan O'Connell. Bennett was playing more than 80 percent of the defensive snaps before being inactive Monday night with a hamstring injury. O'Connell was 24-for-39 for 238 yards in fill-in duty for Jimmy Garoppolo against the Chargers on Oct. 1.

FOX -- Rank: 26

The Raiders get a much-needed win, but I can't forgive Josh McDaniels for repeatedly making mind-numbing decisions. If you pick up a fourth-and-2 from the Green Bay 34, you win the game. If you don't get it, the Packers still must drive 66 yards for a game-winning touchdown. Instead, you settle for a field goal — from the same distance at which Daniel Carlson had already been blocked earlier in the game. Can someone help it make sense?

Yahoo! -- Rank: 24

Maxx Crosby is ridiculous. The Raiders' defensive end was the best player on the field Monday night and the biggest difference in Las Vegas' win. He had four tackles for loss, including a sack. He'll be in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation all season.

PFT -- Rank: 23

Jimmy G is a "winner" — as long as he has enough other guys around to bail him out.

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