Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 26 Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
A weekly examination of the Raiders’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 24 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Perhaps never in the history of the franchise has the bye week come at a better time. The Raiders are beaten up, figuratively and literally, after their 24-7 loss at unbeaten Kansas City, a game they controlled with a 7-0 lead and would have led 10-0 were it not for another missed Sebastian Janikowski field goal. But Oakland’s already makeshift offensive line fell apart, and with each injury, so did the Raiders’ shot at an upset.
Yes, running back Darren McFadden played on his tender hamstring, but he was nowhere near 100 percent and thus, ineffective. Still, players on this 2-4 team are taking heart in the fact that they’ve been in every game but one -- the blowout loss at Denver -- and quarterback Terrelle Pryor has even said the Raiders are a playoff team, despite falling a couple of spots this week in our Power Rankings. Coach Dennis Allen, though, said he’s not worried about the playoffs ... and no, he did not summon his inner Jim Mora in making his statement. Allen’s immediate concern is to improve his team week to week. A bye week to soothe wounds, both real and imagined, should act as a salve.