Week 16 NFL Power Rankings

29. Oakland Raiders (LW: 29)

In defense of the Oakland Raiders, they had probably already exceeded all expectations by beating both the Chiefs and 49ers in a span of three weeks. Knocking off rivals is a sure sign that the team can rise to the occasion, but Oakland is so terrible that it can’t be expected to play at such a high level for a prolonged period of time. Week 15’s thumping in Kansas City was three weeks in the making, and the Raiders will likely suffer the same fate when they round out the season against playoff hopefuls from Buffalo and division winners from Denver.

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