Saturday, October 21, 2023

Las Vegas Raiders Week 7 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 7 roundup for the Las Vegas Raiders in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 24

Lesson learned: All three quarterbacks need to be ready on a weekly basis.

Jimmy Garoppolo's injury history predicted this and, after Garoppolo missed Week 4 with a concussion and left Sunday's game against the Patriots with a back injury, both rookie Aidan O'Connell and 15th-year vet Brian Hoyer have already appeared in games. And with Garoppolo's availability for Sunday's Week 7 game at Chicago in question, Hoyer would already be the third QB to start for Las Vegas this season should he get the call. -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 23

The defense has won two straight games for this team, which is a tremendous development, and the apparently positive news on the back injury Jimmy Garoppolo suffered in the win over New England keeps hope alive. If Garoppolo only ends up missing one game, the contest he misses will be against the Bears, who also have QB issues, with Justin Fields likely to be out for a spell. So that's another tremendous break. This team has been in every game save for Week 2, when the Bills just outclassed the Raiders. Still, a group featuring Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs needs to score more than 19 offensive points in a game.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

They've won two straight thanks to the defense. But now they might be without Jimmy Garoppolo for a bit, although Brian Hoyer played well in relief against the Pats.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

A win at Chicago on Sunday puts Las Vegas above .500 ... which wouldn't be bad at all for a team tied for the AFC lead with 12 turnovers.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

The Raiders have won two in a row, but they didn't top the 20-point ceiling this season until they recorded a safety in the final two minutes against New England on Sunday. So let's focus on the defense. Maxx Crosby has played more snaps (357) than any defensive lineman in the league this season. That's more than 95 percent of the Raiders' defensive snaps. Crosby is fourth in the league in sacks (5 1/2) and seventh in pressure percentage (18.4).

FOX -- Rank: 25

The Raiders are not a good team, but I hope people are paying attention to Maxx Crosby. End-of-year awards tend to go to guys on playoff squads, but Crosby is looking like he'll have quite a case for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, regardless of what the Raiders' record is. He leads the league in pressures, he's got 5.5 sacks in six games, and his safety of Mac Jones basically clinched the win for Las Vegas.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 23

Part of head coach Josh McDaniels needing to get former Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo should have been accounting for Garoppolo's lengthy injury history. It's just Week 6 and Garoppolo has dealt with a foot ailment, a concussion and now a back injury that caused him to be taken to the hospital. Garoppolo might miss time with the back injury. That might derail the Raiders' little bit of momentum.

PFT -- Rank: 20

They're gradually learning how to win games they would have lost in recent years.

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