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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Las Vegas Raiders

Throughout the 2021 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 15 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

As Bill Parcells once famously said, "You are what your record says you are." And when it comes to these FPI figures ... exactly. The offense, in general, and quarterback Derek Carr, in particular, are middle of the pack. The defense is improved, yes, but is still a bottom-feeder. Perhaps the most damning figure here is for the special teams, what with interim head coach Rich Bisaccia one of the more respected special teams coaches in the NFL. But at the end of the day, it's about wins and losses, yes? And to paraphrase another Hall of Famer in Al Davis: Just compete, baby! -- Paul Gutierrez

NFL.com -- Rank: 25

It took exactly one play from scrimmage -- a Josh Jacobs fumble returned for a Chiefs touchdown -- to know how Sunday was going to turn out. The Raiders showed up in only the most literal of ways at Arrowhead, falling behind 35-0 in the first half en route to a 48-9 loss that stands as the worst defeat in the history of their 62-year rivalry with Kansas City. Las Vegas has gone 1-5 since returning from the Week 8 bye, and yet another December collapse could lead to sweeping organizational changes. That reality should be enough to summon necessary urgency, but on Sunday, the Raiders looked very much like a team that just wants to go home. Where have we seen that before?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

Their season is spiraling out of control after their blowout loss to the Chiefs. They are on life support now.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

Good news, fellas -- this weekend's opponent, Cleveland, has no logo! What could possibly go wrong?

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Worst-case scenario: This ugly Raiders slide, featuring five losses in their past six games, continues until the end of the season and Derek Carr decides he wants out before the final year of his relatively affordable contract. That situation might make some Raiders fans happy now, but maybe not when they're living it. This Raiders roster has so many holes that Las Vegas might not be in position to acquire a good veteran replacement for Carr and could instead be looking at a complete multiyear teardown under a new regime.

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