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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 9 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

With a win at Cleveland, they improved to a 4-3 and have faced the league's fourth-toughest schedule through eight weeks, according to Football Outsiders. In messy weather conditions, the Raiders punted just once and didn't turn the ball over. They have the league's fifth-best offense and are in good position to earn a wild-card berth in the AFC.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

Going on the road and winning at Cleveland behind an improved defense is a good look for this team. They are in the playoff race heading into their road division game with the Chargers this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

A half-game out of AFC's No. 7 seed, they now enter a crucial three-week stretch when they'll face all of their divisional foes.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Reason for optimism: QB Derek Carr

Expectations were high for the Raiders quarterback entering the season, given that he would, for the first time in his seven-year career, be playing in the same system for the third straight season. He has not disappointed. Perhaps pushed by the presence of $7.5 million backup Marcus Mariota or perhaps just comfortable in the scheme, Carr is running more to extend plays and is on pace for 4,201 passing yards, 32 TD passes and just five interceptions while completing 71.1% of his throws and directing a dominant, ball-control offense. -- Paul Gutierrez

NFL.com -- Rank: 13

The Raiders were tougher than the Browns on Sunday. Jon Gruden's team ran the ball with authority and hit hard on defense in a 16-6 win in wind-swept and rain-soaked Cleveland. Josh Jacobs led the way, rushing for 128 yards on 31 carries, the most totes for a Raiders running back since 2007. The play of the game was delivered by slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, who laid a clean and punishing end-zone hit on Jarvis Landry to save a touchdown in the final minutes. Finally, Derek Carr's pedestrian final numbers would look better if the review had come back differently on a shoulda-been touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III.

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