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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Las Vegas Raiders

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Las Vegas Raiders rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

The offense ranked ninth in efficiency last season and added speed in the form of first-round pick Henry Ruggs III. Hunter Renfrow showed promise as a rookie, Darren Waller looked like a dynamic play-maker, and the offensive line should be solid. In other words, Derek Carr is in a good spot. Defensively, the Raiders are much more talented than they were a year ago. This looks like a sneaky playoff team to me.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

New city, same quarterback. Is that a good thing? Derek Carr has had his moments, but he has to prove to many he's the long-term guy. That includes Jon Gruden.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

They're 11-21 during Gruden reboot. But despite offense's potential, defensive questions still suppress expectations for 2020 surge.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Is the defense re-tuned enough to stay competitive with the high-powered Chiefs?

Paul Gutierrez: The Raiders could have as many as seven new starters on the defensive side of the ball -- highlighted by defensive tackle Maliek Collins, linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, rookie cornerback Damon Arnette and now-healthy safety Johnathan Abram -- compared to the starting lineup in the 2019 season finale. They look faster and more fierce, but so, too, do the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Stay tuned.

NFL.com -- Rank: 20

So much for the Marcus Mariota hype train. The Raiders signed the former first-round pick to significant backup QB money this offseason, but The Athletic reported that Mariota was "[not] sharp at training camp and is no threat for the starting role." And then Mariota ended up on injured reserve. Whether you're a Derek Carr fan or not, you get the feeling they'll move the ball and score points with Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow and first-round pick Henry Ruggs III in the mix. The loss of Tyrell Williams to a season-ending shoulder injury tests the depth of the wide receivers room. Perhaps an Antonio Brown reunion is in play?

(I'm kidding. C'mon.)

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