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Raiders week 8 NFL power rankings roundup: You can’t lose if you don’t play

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A lot of people don’t know that.

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Last week the Raiders hit rock bottom. They had lost 27-3 to the Seahawks in London and have been tearing it down since then. The one benefit in terms of standings is concerned is their bye week means other bottom of the barrel teams can lose another game and slip below them in the power rankings. That happened this week.

SB Nation

Rank: 32

Last week: 32

NFL.com

Rank: 32

Last week: 32

No, Oakland didn't move up after the bye week. A rested bad team is still bad. Put another way: The Raiders are doing nothing well. They are 28th in scoring, 29th in points allowed. The pass offense is not awful -- 10th in yards per game. Then you realize that Derek Carr is throwing the ball nearly 40 times per game. He will no longer have Amari Cooper to throw the ball to, as you have no doubt heard by now. While it's fair to lament your team selling on the 2018 season, Raiders fans, getting a 1 for an underperforming WR1 who needs to be paid is a heckuva deal.

ESPN

Rank: 31

Last week: 32

Need more from: CB Gareon Conley. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, the former first-round pick is allowing 13.2 yards per target when he is the nearest defender, the highest rate among CBs with a minimum of 20 targets. He'll need to step up to help a Raiders defense that ranks last in the league yards allowed per attempt at 9.03. -- Shah

SI.com

Rank: 31

Last week: 32

Congrats to Amari Cooper, who moved up 12 spots in the Power Poll.

USA Today

Rank: 30

Last week: 32

The Raiders may have picked up their biggest win of the season during the bye after convincing the Cowboys to give them a first-round pick for Amari Cooper.

The Washington Post

Rank: 29

Last week: 29

Amari Cooper is gone. Khalil Mack is long gone. The deconstruction of the Raiders, overseen by Coach Jon Gruden, has been swift and it’s close to complete. They possess a trio of first-round picks in next year’s NFL draft. They’d better make the most of them. And it will feel like a long, long time from now until April.

Bleacher Report

Rank: 32

Last week: 32

Oakland has had a slew of issues, putting them last behind a San Francisco team that lost its star quarterback. The Raiders were already having trouble getting anything going on offense before their veteran running back Marshawn Lynch, who led the team with 376 rushing yards and three touchdowns, went down with a groin injury in the Raiders' 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Yahoo! Sports

Rank: 31

Last week: 31

It’s become a popular thing to rip Jon Gruden, but give him his due: He got a first-round pick for Amari Cooper when that’s probably way more than Cooper is worth. Nobody thought the Raiders could get a first for Cooper. Meanwhile the Cowboys look rather crazy, but we’ll discuss that in a bit.

Pro Football Talk

Rank: 30

Last week: 31

Goodbye, Derek Carr.

Sporting News

Rank: 32

Last week: 32

The Raiders had a great week because it’s impossible to lose during a bye, but they still lost their once-reliable veteran, Marshawn Lynch.

Average rank: 31

Last week: 31.6