Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 31 Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
A weekly examination of the Raiders’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 29 | Last Week:: 31 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
A feel-good defeat in Indianapolis was just that for the Raiders -- a loss. To a man, the players said there is no such thing as a moral victory. And as such, there was no movement in Oakland’s standing in these rankings.
Still, there is hope after the manner in which Terrelle Pryor moved the offense -- he is, after all, the NFL's No. 2-ranked rusher after Week 1 with 112 yards, and he passed for 217 more but had two costly red zone interceptions -- and the way the defense shut down Andrew Luck in the middle of the game.
However, there were lengthy TD drives of 89, 69 and 80 yards that the Raiders allowed the Colts. The key for the Raiders, then, is to learn and grow from the experience, especially with the No. 32 Jaguars coming to town next for Oakland’s home opener.