Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Las Vegas Raiders Week 4 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: 6.2 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 9th (

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

The question bandied about by both Derek Carr fans and detractors alike -- is Carr elite? -- might finally have an answer. Because if being in the top eight in QBR is indeed elite, then, yes, he is. For now. This is the most in command Carr has looked in Jon Gruden's offense, and it should be considering they are now in their fourth season together, right? With little to no running game early in contests to speak of and a makeshift offensive line held together by duct tape, the one-dimensional attack has thrived rather than suffered. -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 9

Pro football in Las Vegas is thriving, and the Raiders are 3-0 for the first time since their Super Bowl season of 2002. Their 31-28 OT win over the Dolphins was a weird one: Miami scored the first 14 points, the Raiders ripped off the next 25, and then the 'Phins answered with the final 11 points of regulation to force OT. Derek Carr was nails once again in money time. His gorgeous, over-the-shoulder dime to Bryan Edwards went for 34 yards on second-and-15, the key play in the drive that ended with Daniel Carlson's game-winning field goal. Two home games with a crowd at Allegiant Stadium, and two classics for anyone lucky enough to be there. The Raiders are a vibe.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

At 3-0, they are one of the early-season surprises. They showed some fight rallying from down 14 early to beat Miami. Now comes a tough one with the Chargers on the road.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

QB Derek Carr has been off the charts, averaging 401 passing yards per game -- more than 150 better than his career average -- which puts him on pace for 6,817 over 17 games.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Surprise! The NFL's leader in quarterback pressures is ... Maxx Crosby? Crosby, the Raiders' third-year edge rusher, has 21 pressures in three games according to Pro Football Focus and TruMedia. That's five more than well-established pass rushers like Aaron Donald and Myles Garrett, to go along with 12 quarterback hits. His pressures have resulted in only two individual sacks, but his emergence as a consistent pass-rushing threat has given the Raiders' defense an element that's been missing since the Khalil Mack trade three years ago. Is Crosby's production sustainable? Maybe. If so, imagine what that would do for the Raiders' ceiling.

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