NFL Power Rankings Week 13: Focus on the Oakland Raiders

Rob Belote@GuysNationSenior Analyst IDecember 1, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after a play against the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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At my site—www.GuysNation.com—I do a weekly power ranking of all 32 NFL teams.  It's a hugely subjective process in which I try to account for a team's strength of schedule, margin of victory, good wins and bad losses.

Where do the Oakland Raiders currently rank?

I'll admit it, I was starting to buy into the Oakland Raiders.  Leading into their bye week, they were on a good three-game streak.  They got a HUGE victory in lopsided fashion against the Broncos in Denver.  They followed that up by getting another lopsided win, this time while hosting the Seahawks.  Their Week 9 victory over the Chiefs wasn't by a large margin, but the Chiefs are a good team.

Following the bye week, I had hoped they would show up better than this against the Pittsburgh Steelers...but they didn't. The Steelers are a top-tier team, so I can't blame many teams for losing to them, especially when the game is played in Pennsylvania, but I had hoped for more than just a field goal for the Silver & Black.  I also had thought the Oakland defense would fare better than allowing 35 points.

Then I figured the Raiders would have a good follow-up as they hosted Miami in Week 12, but again they fall far short of victory, though not by a huge margin that time.

So Oakland's not an elite team.  I think we all pretty much assumed that much.  They were at number 11 two weeks ago and that was probably a little too generous.  Where did they drop to after their lopsided loss to the Steelers and then a loss at home to the Dolphins?

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