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

ESPN -- Rank: 21

How hot is Rich Bisaccia's seat: 4. Hot seat

Shy of a Steve Fisher-esque 1989 postseason run (look up Michigan Wolverines, hoops fans), Bisaccia, the interim coach, is on his way out. He won his first two games after replacing Jon Gruden but had five losses in his next six games -- to go from 5-2 to 6-7 -- which all but sealed the deal. Some names that are already being bandied about by Raiders fans and media: Jim Harbaugh, Dabo Swinney, Mike Tomlin, David Shaw, Doug Pederson, Eric Bieniemy, Kellen Moore. Buckle up. -- Paul Gutierrez

NFL.com -- Rank: 21

Style points aren't a thing. The Raiders needed to beat the COVID-19-compromised Browns to keep their playoff hopes alive -- and they achieved their goal with a 16-14 win in front of the Dawg Pound. Derek Carr led the Raiders down the field in the final seconds, and Daniel Carlson was once again money, drilling the 48-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. Carr's latest crunch-time heroics came after the veteran QB appeared to lose the game by throwing an interception on Vegas' penultimate possession. "After that interception, I told the guys, ‘Please, I promise we'll win it -- just get the ball back.' " The defense delivered the stop, and Carr kept his word. Another must-win game, this time against the Broncos, is up next.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

Winning at Cleveland keeps their playoff hopes alive. That was a big-boy drive by Derek Carr to lead team to the game-winning field goal.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

Given what he's overcome, pretty cool to see DE Maxx Crosby's gratitude and fortitude after deservedly making his first Pro Bowl. His 25 QB hits are also pretty impressive.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

Our gift to you: Some respect for Derek Carr. The Raiders appeared to be toast when left tackle Kolton Miller drew a holding call near midfield on the final offensive drive for Las Vegas on Monday against the Browns. Trailing 14-13, the Raiders were pushed into a second-and-11 at their 43-yard line with no timeouts and only 29 seconds remaining on the clock. Carr completed two passes over the next 25 seconds to push the Raiders into position for Daniel Carlson's game-winning, 48-yard kick. Carr has taken heat as the starting quarterback for a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2016. But he's also the biggest reason the Raiders have a chance to end that drought.

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