NFL Power Rankings: Rising Raiders reach Top 2
Scott Bair's Power Rankings
Raiders Insider Scott Bair takes stock of the NFL landscape coming out of Week 12, stacking up all 32 teams as the playoff push heats up.
32) Cleveland (0-12)
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins came after Terrelle Pryor on Twitter, using harsh language unfit for a family-friendly website. The former Raiders quarterback turned receiver took the high road, something that must’ve been difficult after 12 straight whoopings.
31) 49ers (1-10)
The Santa Clarans have lost 10 straight, with a real chance to snap the streak against the listless Bears. They’d better get the job done. Might be the last chance to win one this year, unless Colin Kaepernick’s improved play is no fluke.
30) Los Angeles (4-7)
Los Angelenos don’t tolerate boring. These Rams are exactly that. They’re keeping fingers crossed Jared Goff’s the real deal.
29) Chicago (2-9)
Sunday’s matchup with the 49ers is this week’s Toilet Bowl.
28) Jacksonville (2-9)
All those high draft picks over the years has built a team that stinks. Looking like Jags swung and missed on Bortles. Bet they’d like Derek Carr in teal right about now.
27) N.Y. Jets (3-8)
Gang green has played this season like they have gangrene. See what we did there? That’s punny stuff.
26) Cincinnati (3-7-1)
Marvin Lewis says “We need some help” to make playoffs after Bengals’ latest loss. Uhh, Marv, y’all don’t need help. You need a miracle.
25) Carolina (4-7)
The Panthers picked a bad day to blow a late lead. Every other team in NFC South won. NFC champs’ season is circling the drain.
24) Arizona (4-6-1)
Cardinals have been called underacheivers in this space. Maybe, just maybe the Red Birds aren’t very good. Can’t put a complete game together.
23) San Diego (5-6)
The Bolts put another starter on injured reserve. That’s 17 now on IR, and this team still competes despite the knowledge their season is essentially over.
22) New Orleans (5-6)
Saints ain’t dead yet, not after Brees’ boys put up 49 against the Rams.
21) Indianapolis (5-6)
Steelers put a beatdown on a Luck-less Colts team, proof positive Andrew should win the MVP every year. Colts are nothing without him.
20) Philadelphia (5-6)
Eagles have lost four of the last five. Hope Philly enjoyed the start of the season. This ain’t gonna end well.
19) Green Bay (5-6)
Aaron Rodgers keeps Packers season alive with a Monday night win. Green Bay needs to stack a few more to cover up the fact they aren’t very good.
18) Tennessee (6-6)
Old school, run-first approach is making football fun again in Nashville. Only a game back of the division lead, with front-running Houston looking more suspect each week.
17) Minnesota (6-5)
Vikings' free fall continued on Thanksgiving, when Sam Braford threw a late pick and Detroit won another wild one.
16) Houston (6-5)
After getting beat by Oakland and San Diego in six days, Texans are happy they don’t play in the AFC West. They wouldn’t be leading any other division in football. Brock Osweiller isn’t good. A green laser didn’t make him that way.
15) Tampa Bay (6-5)
The Buccaneers lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Raiders. They’ve responded well, with three straight wins. Jameis called Mike Evans a superstar. He might be right. The receiver ranks high among the league’s best.
14) Pittsburgh (6-5)
The Steelers are starting to look like they should. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are tough to stop. Pittsburgh’s pulling out of its skid.
13) Baltimore (6-5)
John Harbaugh called his zany, yet totally legal decision to take a safety and hold everyone in orange to kill the clock “the best safety ever.” He might be right. Got his team a big division win.
12) Buffalo (6-5)
Streaky Bills are on a hot streak heading into Oakland for a clash with the Raiders. Rex Ryan’s bring a huge defensive line and an excellent run game to the East Bay.
11) Atlanta (7-4)
Falcons can’t afford another late season collapse, especially with Tampa Bay hot on their tail.
10) Washington (6-4-1)
Washington had more than 500 yards of offense, didn’t commit a turnover and still lost. These guys can play, and Kirk Cousins has ‘em trending up.
9) Detroit (7-4)
Lions find some crazy ways to win. Jim Caldwell has good team in the Motor City.
8) Miami (7-4)
The Dolphins just can’t lose. They’ve won six straight. Looks like Adam Gase was a good head coaching hire. If only a local team felt the same. Jim Tomsula was apparently a better choice.
7) Denver (7-4)
The Broncos can’t live on defense alone. They have a quarterback problem that isn’t going away, and could cost them a playoff spot.
6) N.Y. Giants (8-3)
The Giants have won six straight. Can’t say we saw this coming. G-men could pose a problem in a suddenly potent NFC East.
5) Kansas City (8-3)
Raiders were hoping the Chiefs and Broncos would tie on Sunday night. K.C. wasn’t down with that. They worked an overtime win out against Denver with a field goal caromed off the upright.
4) Seattle (7-3-1)
Every now and then, Seattle forgets that the ultimate goal is to reach the end zone. That defense doesn’t need much breathing room, but a little goes a long way.
3) New England (9-2)
The Patriots are much better with Rob Gronkowski in the lineup. His injury issues might prevent that at key moments. Tom Brady will keep the Patriots humming no matter what.
2) Raiders (9-2)
Derek Carr’s finger was dislocated in two places and only kept him out one series. Carr came back and led year another fourth-quarter comeback. Raiders are living a charmed life.
1) Dallas (10-1)
Ezekiel Elliott is something else. With the way he’s running, he’ll be forgiven for wearing a crop top.