During Bye Week, Raiders Fall 3 Spots in ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings

Week 11 edition of where the Oakland Raiders land on ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings.

After a 7-2 start to the season, which most recently included a complete domination of the Denver Broncos, the Oakland Raiders moved up to 3rd place in ESPN’s NFL power rankings.

It was the highest the Raiders had been ranked by ESPN since Week 16 of the 2002 season. But Oakland’s stay in the top three would be short lived.

During their bye week, ESPN has dropped the Raiders three spots, down to 6th. The Seahawks (#2), the Broncos (#4) and the Chiefs (#5) all leap-frogged the Raiders.

In the case of Seattle, they beat New England, who has been the best team all year. So that’s fine.

In the case of Kansas City, they won a thriller against Carolina, are also now 7-2 and they handedly defeated Oakland earlier in the season. So that’s fine.

But Denver? No way.

The Raiders absolutely dominated the Broncos on national television nine days ago. And the team Denver just beat was the Saints, who the Raiders also have already beaten this year. So there is zero justification for this.

Here is what ESPN had to say about Oakland’s ranking:

Derek Carr makes his Monday night debut this week against the Texans in Mexico City. Carr is 3-0 in his career in prime time, and with the Chiefs and Broncos still looming in the division race, another prime-time win would go a long way in getting the Raiders home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Just for fun, let’s say what ESPN had to say about Denver’s ranking:

Denver kept pace in the AFC West thanks to a blocked extra point attempt that was returned for a touchdown. The Broncos are still winning (three of their past four), but turnovers are starting to become a problem and could be a focus during their Week 11 bye. Denver has had at least two turnovers in each of its past three games.

It’s hilarious that ESPN says “the Broncos are still winning (three of their past four)”………..hmm, what was the one game they lost?

And then ESPN goes on to say that turnovers are starting to become a problem, and that Denver has had at least two turnovers in each of its past three games.

Yet, despite all of that, they bumped the Broncos up four spots — from #7 to #3.

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