Coming off of a big win in San Diego -- arguably their biggest in several years -- it was interesting to see how the now 3-3 Raiders' position would change among the power rankings. Here are a few of the power rankings from around the NFL media landscape along with what they ranked the Raiders as of last week:
Speaking of young, promising quarterbacks, the Raiders seem to have a good one in Derek Carr. Carr out-dueled Philip Rivers in leading Oakland to a big win on the "road" (even though the crowd in San Diego sounded pretty Raider-heavy). Carr hit on 77 percent of his passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns, and has already developed a really solid rapport with both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. This is a talented team whose arrow for the first time in a long time is pointed in the right direction: Up.
How good is Amari Cooper? According to Elias Sports Bureau, he's the first rookie with three 100-yard receiving games in his team's first six games since Mike Ditka in 1961.
Rookie receiver Amari Cooper's pace after six games: 88 catches, 1,384 yards, eight touchdowns.
This team is surprising a lot of people with the .500 start. Beat the Jets on Sunday, and it will be time to consider them as a playoff contender.
Positive vibes all around for the Raiders. In fact, on "NFL Now Gameday Blitz" this past Sunday, I felt compelled to remind all of our analysts that they had better include Oakland in the AFC wild-card discussion. We went around the set, with guys naming numerous teams -- and nary a mention of the Silver and Black. I'm here for you, Raider Nation. The key for this group now will be to not let up like we saw in Chicago a few weeks back. That's your gig, Jack Del Rio. In other news, only Todd Gurley is attempting to take a little bottle of whiteout to Amari Cooper's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
QB Derek Carr has two road wins this year after notching none as a rookie – good sign this team is ready to take off.
Derek Carr has made an incredible leap in Year 2, and a lot of credit goes to Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. Oakland’s rebuilt offensive line has been one of the NFL’s best in pass protection and low-cost skill position players Latavius Murray and Michael Crabtree have made a major impact. View season trend.