As reported on ESPN NFL on Tuesday, the Raiders are now ranked No. 29 out of 32 teams in the NFL league.
When the season started, the Silver and Black was considered or ranked in last place, No. 32, in the league. This was due to the fact that the Raiders went through a rebuilding process in the offseason.
The rebuilding, led by General Manager Reggie McKenzie, involved of letting go of overpaid veterans to balance the team’s salary cap and recruiting young players.
So far, McKenzie has done alright! Yes, the Oakland Raiders have only defeated the worst team in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars, but have also shown that they can go up against good teams as well.
In the first week, the Raiders almost defeated the Indianapolis Colts. They were only yards aways in the last drive of the game from defeating the Colts. Yes, Terrelle Pryor threw an interception in that last drive.
However, that first-week performance for the Raiders gave the team some merits and helped the status in the ranking system. In fact, Pryor’s performance as a quarterback was a huge lift for the Raiders and should be accounted for the rising in the NFL rankings.
So, in two weeks, the Raiders jumped from last place to 29th. The team moved up three position which is not bad at all!
Now, the Oakland Raiders must face the powerful Denver Broncos in Colorado. Wow! A lot will depend on the Raiders’ performance, win or lose, to see if the Silver and Black will move up the ranking system after the Week 3 is over.