- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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A weekly examination of the Raiders' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 26 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
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.