Not only did the embarrassing loss to the Jets hurt them in the standings, but many have lost respect for the Raiders and no longer consider them a threat for the playoffs with the Kansas City Chiefs up next.
Let’s take a look at the Week 13 power rankings across various publications:
The Raiders pulled a total no-show at the Meadowlands on Sunday, dominated on both sides of the ball in a 34-3 loss to the Jets. Perhaps this always made sense as a trap game for the Raiders, who have the Chiefs at Arrowhead this week, but the cold truth is that Oakland isn’t good enough to look past any opponent. Few teams are. “We dropped passes. Hell, we dropped four center-QB exchanges in the second half. We missed tackles. We missed field goals,” Jon Gruden said, ticking off transgressions. “I’m really disappointed in it.” How disappointed was the head coach? He pulled Derek Carr from the game late in the third quarter with the Raiders trailing by 31 points. Josh Jacobs rode the pine with his quarterback. Suddenly, the Silver & Black appear extremely vulnerable, with the Chiefs looking to deliver a divisional deathblow on Sunday.
This Raiders rookie class might be the best in franchise history in terms of instant impact. Consider: Oakland’s rookies rank first among all NFL rookie classes in rushing yards, receptions, scrimmage yards, touchdowns and sacks. Running back Josh Jacobs has rushed for 957 yards; defensive ends Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell have 7.5 and 3.5 sacks, respectively; and tight end Foster Moreau has four TD catches. It almost makes up for Sunday’s embarrassing 34-3 loss at the Jets. Almost.
TRAP GAME! The Raiders fell victim to the primary delineator between contenders and pretenders on a rainy, cold afternoon in New York against the 3-7 Jets. Both sides of the football imploded so spectacularly it’s hard to say which was worse; 208 yards of total offense or surrendering 315 pass yards and two touchdowns to the 31-ranked aerial attack in the NFL.
The Raiders did what everyone expected them to do just when things were looking great — get sucked into a Black Hole of ineffectiveness on the road. The offense and defense stunk against the Jets, and it might completely derail a playoff run with the Chiefs next on the schedule.
Horrendous as they looked in Sunday’s meltdown, a win at Kansas City in Week 13 vaults Oakland into first-place tie atop AFC West.
What happened against the Jets? Did they get caught looking ahead to the Chiefs? Their season could hinge on that outcome.
Average Rank: 15.8
The overall average drops 3.7 percentage points from last week. A road win this week at Arrowhead would do wonders to restore the Raiders reputation as a playoff caliber team.