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:
- Average ranking: 17.2 (17th)
- Best ranking: 13th (USA Today)
- Worst ranking: 21st (NFL.com)
Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 18
Don't yell at me, Raiders fans. It's EPR that caused you to drop in the rankings! In the first quarter of their loss to the Bills, Derek Carr missed on a throw over the middle to Hunter Renfrow. In what was one of the funnier moments of Week 4, Carr immediately turned to Jon Gruden and the sideline. Internally, he might have been thinking, "Settle down, Jon! Like you've never made a mistake before!" But externally, he offered a calm "My bad. That's on me." The Raiders moved the ball against Buffalo but turned it over twice and got stuffed on a fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter. Gruden opted to kick a field goal rather than go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Buffalo 7 in the third quarter. Given how bad the Raiders' defense has been, Gruden needs to be aggressive in those spots. It gets no easier with a trip to Kansas City in Week 5.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 17
Two consecutive losses has them reeling a bit. The defense has regressed the past two weeks. Injuries have slowed the offense.
USA Today -- Rank: 13
QB Derek Carr has officially vanquished Kenny Stabler, Daryle Lamonica, Rich Gannon and the rest with most TD passes (151) in club history.
ESPN -- Rank: 17
FPI chance to make playoffs: 27.3%
You know what, with the Raiders now calling Las Vegas home, I'm going to gamble and say this is too low. Sure, the past two losses have been dispiriting, and another thumping at Kansas City might be in the offing. But entering the season, a 2-3 record at the bye would have been just fine, thank you very much, and a nice springboard into a schedule that lightens up a bit after said bye. So long as the Raiders' defense can figure out some things. Otherwise, forget everything I just typed. -- Paul Gutierrez
NFL.com -- Rank: 21
A disappointing second half for the Raiders, who were outplayed on both sides of the ball in the final two quarters of a 30-23 loss to the undefeated Bills in Vegas. The turning point of the game came in the fourth quarter, when tight end Darren Waller had the ball punched out of his hands by Josh Norman, who recovered the fumble in Bills territory. Josh Allen hit Stefon Diggs with a 49-yard deep strike on the next play, setting up the game-clinching touchdown. Just like Week 3 in Foxborough, the Raiders are finding out that they need to play a sharper brand of football to beat the league's best teams.
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