Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 30 Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
A weekly examination of the Raiders' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 28 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Raiders were six minutes away from slipping into the AFC’s No. 6 seed for the playoffs.
But a deflating 80-yard game-winning drive by the Tennessee Titans set in motion a four-game losing streak for Oakland, and having dropped six of their past seven games, the Raiders now sit at a season-low 30th in our Power Rankings.
The wheels appear to have fallen off the defense, which was once not only the heart and soul of the team but also its strength as a top-10 unit. No more. The defense is gassed. Special teams are sputtering. The offense shows flashes but turns the ball over too much. Or did you miss the five interceptions and two lost fumbles the Raiders had as a team in allowing a franchise-record 56 points to the Kansas City Chiefs this past weekend?
The Raiders may not have quality depth or the best talent level in the NFL, and owner Mark Davis has said he’s patient with this “deconstruction” phase of the franchise, but such embarrassing performances are not good for Dennis Allen’s coaching health.