NFL Week 8 Power Rankings: Focus on The Oakland Raiders

October 29, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Over at my site—www.GuysNation.com—I do a weekly power ranking of all 32 NFL teams.  It's a hugely subjective process in which I try to account for a team's strength of schedule, margin of victory, good wins and bad losses.
Where do the Oakland Raiders currently rank?
I usually try not to get too excited about any one victory, even in the case of blow-out wins by huge margins.  There are exceptions, though, and when a team wins a road game in their division, that says a lot.  It either says that a team underestimated an opponent who they didn't think would perform well, or the winning team finally got everything clicking.
It's hard to say what this game's outcome was caused by, but I've noticed over the past few years that the Raiders strengths lay in their defense and their running game, and both of those things were working well in this game.
They've got a big game coming up against the Seattle Seahawks, a very winnable game, so...

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