NFL Power Rankings: Raiders Move Up by Losing

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders readies to pass against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Bills are getting a lot of respect already this season. This became apparent when I saw the Raiders jumped from No. 24 to No. 23 in SB Nation's power rankings, after losing to the Bills.

After the Raiders pitiful defensive performance last week it is impossible to argue they should be higher, but I am going to do it anyway.

The Raiders are directly behind three NFC West teams. The Rams, Cardinals and 49ers are ascend in that order in front of them.

I have seen absolutely nothing from the Rams to tell me they could hang with the Raiders. Their offense is too inept to blow through the holes in the Raiders D, and their defense has struggled. The Cardinals have shown flashes of competency, but not as much as the Raiders. As for the 49ers, well the Raiders just don't seem to match up well at all with them, so they can go ahead and stay in front.

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