While the Oakland Raiders seem to be sinking in real life, they are merely treading water in our Power Rankings.
Despite losing to the Tennessee Titans in especially frustrating fashion -- allowing the Titans to go 80 yards in six minutes and score a game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds to play -- the Raiders did not move in our Power Rankings.
True, they remain one game out of the AFC playoff race at 4-7. But had Oakland held on at home, the Raiders would have been the No. 6 seed in the playoff race with five games left, including Thursday’s national TV game at the Dallas Cowboys. Instead, falling to Tennessee continued a disturbing trend of the Raiders dropping winnable games, along with the season opener at the Indianapolis Colts, the Matt Flynn game against Washington and the Terrelle Pryor "knee-gate" stumble at the New York Giants.
The Raiders are getting healthier with the return of left tackle Jared Veldheer, whose rustiness will be offset by his freshness for a banged-up offensive line on a short week, and possibly running back Darren McFadden, though the emergence of Rashad Jennings may make the heretofore Run DMC more of a change-of-pace back.