There are no more undefeated teams in the NFL this season. And for the first time in weeks, there is a new team at the top of these Power Rankings.
By late Monday night, all 32 teams in the league will have played at least eight games. Hence we are basically at the halfway point of the league’s 99th campaign. To date, it’s been filled with numerous high-scoring games and some impressive individual performances. And as usual, there’s been a few teams that have rebounded after slow starts. And there are a few clubs that have fallen hard after opening the year with promise.
There are also no more undefeated teams remaining this season thanks to a wild afternoon at the Superdome. That means been a change at the No. 1 spot in the power rankings. But it may not be the club that some would prefer. Onward…
Oakland Raiders 1-7
Last week: L, 34-3 at SF
Last rank: 31st
Recap: Jon Gruden’s team was in the midst of its second three-game losing streak of the season when they took on the host San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. And four days after surrendering 42 points and 222 yards on the ground to the visiting Colts, the Raiders allowed 405 total yards (143 rushing) and 34 points to a Niners’ team that had to press third-string quarterback Nick Mullens into duty. Meanwhile, the offensive line had their issues as the Raiders gave up eight sacks – seven on quarterback Derek Carr. Oakland was also a dismal on third down (3-of-12). The loss was the second time in three games Gruden’s squad was held to three points.
Next Week: It’s a rematch at home with the rival Chargers, a team that the Raiders have now dropped three straight games to dating back to 2017. Back in Week 5 at Los Angeles, Oakland fell to the Bolts, 26-10, and have been outscored a combined 73-36 in the three straight setbacks.
Playoff hopes: Can this team be competitive the remainder of the season? During the Raiders’ current four-game losing streak, the Silver and Black has been outscored a combined 129-44. Carr and the offense has produced 14 touchdowns in eight games. It’s safe to say that Gruden will be figuring out which players are in the club’s future.