Saturday, November 6, 2021

Las Vegas Raiders Week 9 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: 10.2 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 9th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Biggest Achilles' heel: The constantly reshuffled offensive line

Derek Carr's personal protectors of LT Kolton Miller, LG John Simpson, C Andre James, RG Alex Leatherwood and RT Brandon Parker have kept the Raiders QB upright and clean without a sack the past six quarters. But the reshuffled O-line is just that -- constantly in flux and a work in progress. The bye week should have helped with nagging injuries, and veteran left guard Richie Incognito, who has not practiced since injuring his right calf in a joint practice with the Rams on Aug. 19, could potentially start practicing this week. -- Paul Gutierrez -- Rank: 10

The Raiders should make the playoffs this year. Rich Bisaccia's team leads the AFC West at 5-2, and we're fresh off a 24-hour period in which the Chargers looked vulnerable in a loss to the Patriots and the Broncos traded away the heart and soul of their defense. The division's other team, the Chiefs, have problems that have been exhaustively documented over the past month. Vegas comes out of the bye with a winnable game against the Giants before a trio of challenging matchups against the Chiefs, Bengals and Cowboys. These Raiders feel different than the Jon Gruden-led teams that came before them, but the true test is about to begin.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

At 5-2, they lead the AFC West as they come off their bye. Now they face a long road trip to play the Giants.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

No team in the AFC has fewer turnovers than Vegas' five. But if the Silver and Black are to remain atop division, the offensive line needs to improve markedly.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

How's the head coach? Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia led the Raiders to a pair of wins before the bye week. How long can he and his team keep it up? Bisaccia appears to have a good feel for the locker room, the respect of veteran players and he can lean on experienced assistants like Gus Bradley and Greg Olson during this time of organizational upheaval.

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