NFL Power Rankings: 49ers, Raiders now two of the bottom three teams


NFL Power Rankings: 49ers, Raiders now two of the bottom three teams

1. Kansas City (5-0)
Previous rank: 2. 

Chiefs are so good they can weather an average night from Kid Wonder. Chiefs are a buzz saw. 
2. L.A. Rams (5-0)
Previous rank: 1
Don’t think of this as a demotion. It’s less about the Rams than the team above them. 
3. New Orleans (4-1)
Previous rank: 4
Drew Brees is so, so, so good. So, so, so classy. There’s no better ambassador for the city of New Orleans. Congratulations on an historic night. 
4. New England (3-2)
Previous rank: 5
Right back on top of the AFC East, where they’ve been for decades. Notice the plural. 
5. Jacksonville (3-2)
Previous rank: 3
Jags defense went heads up with Kansas City’s potent attack. Offense won. Big time. 
6. Cincinnati (4-1)
Previous rank: 14
It’s time to start showing the Bengals some respect. 
7. Carolina (3-1)
Previous rank: 13
Eric Reid takes a knee again. Let’s recall he is not protesting the national anthem. He is using that moment in time to call attention to injustice against minorities. Don’t lose sight of that. 
8. Minnesota (2-2-1)
Previous rank: Adam Thielin’s rags to riches story is just incredible. Look it up. Read about it. Be amazed. 
9. Chicago (3-1)
Previous rank: 10
Khalil Mack had zero tackles, zero sacks and zero forced fumbles on Sunday. That was the first time he didn’t eclipse the Raiders’ sun. Mostly because he and the Bears were on a bye. 
10. L.A. Chargers (3-2)
Previous rank: 12
Chargers P.A. announcer refuses to call the Rams by their name when showing highlights at StubHub! Center, referring to them as “the other team in L.A.” Come on, bro. We all know you’re the other team in L.A. The one nobody bothers to go see. 
11. Baltimore (3-2)
Previous rank: 9
Michael Crabtree had a nasty case of the drops. He took the blame for the Browns loss. He was right. 
12. Green Bay (2-2-1)
Previous rank: 7
Aaron Rodgers can only do so much. Especially with the receiver corps in shambles. 
13. Philadelphia (2-3)
Previous rank: 9
The Super Bowl hangover is real. 
14. Tennessee (3-2)
Previous rank: 11
No way in holy heck Marcus Mariota can take this team to a division title. 
15. Pittsburgh (2-2-1)
Previous rank: 21
Go ‘head Mike. Write a check. Get after those refs. After all the bluster in his locker room, it’s time to light a fire under somebody’s rear end. 
16. Cleveland (2-2-1)
Previous rank: 25
The Browns aren’t going to blow anybody out, but they’re gonna scrap every week. Their rookie quarterback sets that tone. 
17. Miami (3-2)
Previous rank: 15
The Dolphins are crashing back to Earth. 
18. Denver (2-3)
Previous rank: 16
Broncos put Marquette on IR after just four games. All the extra cirriculars might be taking away from a world of talent. 
19. Seattle (2-3)
Previous rank: 22
The Seahawks took the Rams to the brink, fought the bear and lost. No shame in that. Russel Wilson has that team never saying die. 
20. Tampa Bay (2-2)
Previous rank: 18
The more we think about Tampa Bay’s prospects, the more that hot start seemed like a flash in the pan. 
21. Washington (2-2)
Previous rank: 17
Josh Norman got benched. Bummer Jay Gruden couldn’t do that for the entire Washington football club secondary. The Washington football club really made Drew Brees’ historic night a walk in the park.
22. Houston (2-3)
Previous rank: 27
DeShaun Watson is so important to what the Texans do. He has to stop taking so many hits. 
23. N.Y. Jets (2-3)
Previous rank: 29
Let’s put Sam Darnold back in the Hall of Fame. Big Apple press already has him there. 
24. Detroit (2-3)
Previous rank: 26
Lions win the turnover battle, get a win. Still don’t think there’s much going on in the Motor City. 
25. Buffalo (2-3)
Previous rank: 32
Sean McDermott was right in his postgame speech to the team. The Bills have guts. 
26. Dallas (2-3)
Previous rank: 20
Jerry Jones has been patient with Jason Garrett. The head coach choosing to punt late against Houston may have pushed Jerry over the edge. 
27. Atlanta (1-4)
Previous rank: 19
All those yards. All that talent. No wins to show for it. 
28. Indianapolis (1-4)
Previous rank: 28
Dearest mother, Andrew Luck here sending this dispatch after a beating in Boston. We shall expect several more unless the front office can put me in a fair fight. At this point, I fear the cavalry may never come and my time on the battlefield may be spent in waste. 
29. N.Y. Giants (1-3)
Previous rank: 30
Odell says (and we're paraphrasing here) he isn’t sure if Eli Manning stinks or not. We’ll clarify. He does. Big time. 
30. Raiders (1-4)
Previous rank: 24
Silver and Black got blown out by the Chargers. Blown. Out. They’ve got to fix problems or this season will mushroom cloud.

31. Cardinals (1-4)
Previous rank: 32
I have to alter my punchline a smidge. Playing the 49ers these days is like landing on a free space. Even for Arizona. (I kid, I kid. Sorta)
32. 49ers (1-4)
Previous rank: 23
You lose to the Cardinals, you go straight to the bottom. Them's the rules. The Santa Clarans might stay here a while. This team is struggling mightily, with no cavalry coming. All their big injuries were season enders. They miss Ken doll quarterback so, so, so bad. 

Raiders-Bengals injury report: New guys preparing for big roles on O-line


Raiders-Bengals injury report: New guys preparing for big roles on O-line

ALAMEDA – The Raiders offensive line remains in big trouble.

Starting guards Gabe Jackson and Kelechi Osemele remained out with injury, lessening their chances of playing Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.

Jackson has a new elbow injury and a lingering ankle problem. Osemele is dealing with a toe issue.

Jon Feliciano has filled in well for Osemele four times already this season. The fourth-year veteran is considered worthy of an NFL starting job, but even he’s unavailable after landing on injured reserve with a calf problem.

That should leave Denzelle Good and Chaz Green are getting work in practice, trying to prepare for important roles on game day.

Both guys were signed as emergency options, but it’s nearly time to pull the alarm.

“We like Chaz Green,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “I know the scouting department, they liked him when he came out of college. We like him as a guard and some other teams played him as a tackle. We think he looks comfortable at the guard and think that’s his natural position. With Good, certainly we had some coaches that had come from Indianapolis and had some insight on him as a player and we like what we saw. Certainly, since he has been here, we’ve been equally as impressed with them as we were with seeing them on tape.”

Raiders practice report

Did not practice
G Gabe Jackson (elbow/ankle)
LG Kelechi Osemele (toe)
LB Kyle Wilber (hamstring)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle, knee)
DL Maurice Hurst (ankle)
WR Dwayne Harris (foot)
CB Daryl Worley (shoulder)
TE Lee Smith (back)

Full practice
CB Gareon Conley (groin)
FB Keith Smith (calf)

Bengals practice report

Did not practice
LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion)
DE Michael Johnson (concussion)
CB KeiVarae Russell (finger)

Limited practice
OT Cordy Glenn (back)
CB Tony McRae (concussion)
CB KeiVarae (finger)
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle)

Full practice
QB Jeff Driskel (right shoulder)
WR Alex Erickson (shoulder)
OT Clint Boling (knee)
OT Bobby Hart (knee)

Amari Cooper says Mark Davis, not Jon Gruden, wanted to trade him


Amari Cooper says Mark Davis, not Jon Gruden, wanted to trade him

The day in October that Amari Cooper was traded by the Raiders to the Cowboys, we were led to believe that the decision was made by then-GM Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jon Gruden.

But now, it appears that owner Mark Davis was the driving force behind the Cooper trade.

According to The Athletic's Calvin Watkins, Cooper said on Thursday that Davis, not Gruden, wanted to trade him.

Cooper also revealed to Watkins that the Raiders kept rejecting offers of a 2020 first-round pick. The team was only interested in a 2019 first-round pick.

McKenzie said on Oct. 23 that Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones called and offered a 2019 first-round pick. That's when McKenzie walked out to the practice field, relayed the offer on the table to Gruden and the head coach approved the deal with a thumbs up.

Cooper's assertion that Davis pulled the strings on his trade falls in line with Gruden comments on Monday following the firing of McKenzie. Gruden revealed that Davis met with McKenzie after the Raiders' win over the Steelers to deliver the news of his fate.

When reporters asked if the decision to fire McKenzie was strictly made by Davis, Gruden said this: “We all work for the same man."