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NFL week six power rankings round-up: Raiders rising after big win in London

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It was already pretty obvious to Raider Nation just how big of a win it was last Sunday in London, but now there is some extra validation of that fact with some big jumps in this week’s power rankings. Don’t just take my word for it, take a look for yourself at this weeks rankings from around the sports world.

NFL.com

Rank: 19

Previous Rank: 24

“Even a Jon Gruden hater has to admit it: The Raiders have made undeniable progress in Year 2 under Chucky. Sunday in London represented the highpoint so far for Gruden 2.0 in Oakland: A dramatic 24-21 win over the Bears and old friend Khalil Mack. The star was Josh Jacobs, who probably wouldn’t be a Raider if not for the Mack trade that sent first-round picks back to Oakland last September. Jacobs ran for two touchdowns and set a career high with 123 yards on 26 carries. His impressive leap over a goal line pile was the exclamation point on a touchdown drive that covered 13 plays and 97 yards in the fourth quarter and put the Raiders ahead for good after the Bears had wiped out an early deficit. After the game, Gruden did some ”disco dancing” in the winning locker room -- clearly a shot at the Bears’ so-called “Club Dub” after wins. Jon Gruden lives for this.”

ESPN

Rank: 21

Previous Rank: 24

“The rookie first-rounder had a phenomenal day in the Raiders’ 24-21 defeat of the Bears on Sunday, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and catching three passes for 20 yards -- with wideouts Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson injured and inactive. Jacobs’ 430 rushing yards are the most by a Raiders rookie through his first five games, eclipsing Marcus Allen’s 415 yards in 1982. Given the success Jacobs had running behind an active offensive line against a vaunted Chicago run defense, expect Oakland to continue riding its rookie phenom going forward. -- Paul Gutierrez”

SI.com

Rank: 20

Previous Rank: 26

“Solid games from Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs (123 yards on 26 attempts, 2 TDs) against a tough Chicago defense sends Oakland to the bye with some juice.”

Sporting News

Rank: 13

Previous Rank: 24

“The Raiders this high? They are, and we are not. The resume got stronger in a hurry with consecutive victories over the Colts and Bears nowhere near Oakland. Jon Gruden has his type of players and is coaching at a high level around improvements in the defense and running game with rookie Josh Jacobs.”

CBS Sports

Rank: 13

Previous Rank: 17

“It’s time to give Jon Gruden credit for this team winning two tough road games. Can they be a playoff team? It’s possible.”

USA Today

Rank: 19

Previous Rank: 23

“Good pass rushers are hard to find, Coach? Oakland got four sacks Sunday ... most since 2015 when Khalil Mack didn’t have one of them.”

Average Rank: 17.5

Previous ave rank: 23

Unlike last week’s minimal movement after defeating the Colts, this week the powers that be actually took notice of the solid improvement in play from the Raiders. There is no doubt that they should either, after all they just beat a playoff caliber team with probably the best defense in the NFL.

They played very well on both sides of the ball, and if not for a huge turnover changing momentum the Raiders were on their way to mauling the Bears. It took a little more effort from them in the end after giving up 21 unanswered points, but they took home the hard earned W. This week’s power rankings round-up shows that they also took home quite a bit more respect after the win in London as well.