Once again the week's power rankings from across the sports landscape were composed after a big win by the Raiders. And once again, the rankings saw the Raiders rise to heights not previously expected. This time, they are entering the conversation with some of the league's top teams.
Here are the rankings from around the web:
Same could be said of the Raiders, who improved to 4-3 with an impressive win over the Jets and look like they're real contenders for a wild card spot in the AFC.
If the season ended today, the Raiders would be the 5-seed in the AFC playoffs. That is not a typo. They also have only three remaining games against teams currently above .500.
At 4-3, they have to be one of the biggest surprises of the season so far. Jack Del Rio has this young team getting better by the week.
Time to call it: Derek Carr is a future franchise quarterback. Heck, might be able to eliminate "future." He's good. The Raiders hit the draft jackpot.
Another win for the resurgent Raiders, who put on an offensive display in the first half of this very important victory. Looking at the playoff picture in the AFC, Oakland now has a leg up on the Jets in the wild-card fight and could widen its lead on the Le'Veon Bell-less Steelers at Heinz Field this weekend. And for those who thought this Raiders air attack was too Amari-centric, that was Andre Holmes, Michael Crabtree and Taiwan Jones out there making Jets tacklers look silly Sunday.
Derek Carr has thrown for 622 passing yards and seven touchdowns on 67 attempts in his past two games for a 9.3 average yards per attempt. Only five quarterbacks with at least 200 attempts have averaged more yards per pass in 2015. View season trend.
With no obvious frontrunner, it's time to start bandying Khalil Mack's name into defensive player of the year discussions.