Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: The Broncos Are Starting To Slide

Peyton Manning

28. Oakland Raiders (LW: 29)

Look who is suddenly gaining a home field advantage. Now with three straight wins — all home games, and they account for all three of the team’s wins all season — the Raiders are on somewhat of a run. While they continue to fall victim to blowouts, they are happening less often, indicating that the team may no longer be a complete disaster. And with some actual wins in recent weeks — especially against teams with winning records like the Bills and Chiefs — Oakland has pulled itself out of the bottom of the barrel. More importantly, the lone bright spot for the team, rookie quarterback Derek Carr, is finally getting to experience what it takes to win in the NFL before heading to the offseason.

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