Oakland Raiders: Week 8 NFL Power Rankings (#31)

Last week: 29 (-2)

Record: 2-4

I went back and forth between the Raiders and Chiefs here, but I ultimately decided to drop the Raiders to this spot, in spite of their overtime home win. If you need Blaine Gabbert to get hurt to beat the Jaguars in overtime at home, you might as well have lost. Chad Henne was horrific in relief of him, helping the Jaguars blow what was a 20-6 lead in the middle of the 3rd quarter, but their terrible secondary actually made Gabbert look functional before he got hurt, completing 8 of 12 for 110 yards and a touchdown. Fortunately (or unfortunately), the Raiders go to Kansas City this week to settle who is actually the 2nd worst team in the league in the Toilet Bowl this week. If the Raiders win, they’d stand at 3-4 thanks to two easy games and I guess you can’t count them out in the crappy AFC, sadly.

Studs

C Stefen Wisniewski: Did not allow a pressure on 53 pass block snaps, run blocked for 39 yards on 10 attempts

CB Michael Huff: Allowed 1 catch for 2 yards on 6 attempts, 2 pass deflections, 4 solo tackles, 2 assists, 2 stops

LE Lamarr Houston: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 2 quarterback hurries on 34 pass rush snaps, 5 solo tackles, 6 stops

Duds

RB Darren McFadden: Rushed for 53 yards (36 after contact) on 19 carries, allowed 1 quarterback hit on 9 pass block snaps, caught 4 passes for 28 yards on 6 attempts, 1 drop

RT Willie Smith: Allowed 3 quarterback hits and 4 quarterback hurries on 53 pass block snaps, run blocked for 3 yards on 1 attempt

RE Matt Shaughnessy: Did not record a pressure on 26 pass rush snaps, no tackles, 1 penalty

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