Jun 11, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie (left), former players George Atkinson and Willie Brown and owner Mark Davis (right) at minicamp at the Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders Fall to Last Place in NFL.com Power Rankings

After an offseason filled with negative media reports out of OTA’s and minicamp and roster turnover at nearly every position, the experts from NFL.com have decided that the Oakland Raiders are the worst team in the NFL in their newest preseason power rankings.

The much worse Jacksonville Jaguars were the last team to hold the dreaded 32nd slot in the power rankings,  yetjust following the 2013 draft, the Raiders have somehow taken their spot with negative attention surrounding the organization and the Raiders rebuilding for 2014.

Here is what Elliot Harrison had to say about their ranking, comparing the Raiders to an expansion team. Harrison feels the Raiders team is far away from a team built with a full lineup of NFL starters on offense and defense.

“No offense intended, but these Oakland Raiders feel like an expansion team. Get this: The Raiders likely will have 14 new starters — out of 22 — when they play the Colts in Week 1. Oh, and a new punter, too. Still, this is the right way for GM Reggie McKenzie to proceed. Blow the thing up, get the dead money off the books and start developing talent. That’s what those Colts did in 2012. Get started with gettin’ started.”

A little bit of bad press can go a long way to convincing media members to write off a team that had low expectations in the first place, but to say the Raiders will be worse than the Jaguars is a low blow as Reggie McKenzie attempts to build a winner in Oakland. With low expectations, the Raiders can prove the doubters wrong, but for now it seems that everyone around the league is writing the Raiders off an labeling them as a favorite to take the first overall pick in next year’s draft.


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  • BigNinaRoss

    I cant wait to start opening up a 55 gallon drum of whoop ass on these fools and hear them back peddling on these statements. The players will be playing with such a chip on their shoulder that these guys wont know what hit them. Raiders!!!!

  • Wyatt Converse

    Go Flynn!!! lol

  • James Holtslander

    I agree with the statement of expansion feel, that this many new players is reason enough to not expect much even though I love most of the signing especially at LB, and Woodson.

    Expansion feel? I LOVE IT!
    IT feels better than same crappy raiders with a thousand penalties. Is Barnes still around?

    I am excited to see the QB battle in preseason…. LETS GO

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Im going to laugh so hard when the Raiders prove these so called “professional critics” wrong this season.

  • addison carroll

    all of Raider Nation will be lol when the Raiders win 6 – 8 games this season GO RAIDERS

  • Shiza57

    We’ve got nowhere to go but up, and that’s just what we’ll do! GO RAIDERS!!!

  • Raider Grant

    What will all the Raider haters do once “The Raiders” are back in the drivers seat in the AFC West/NFL??? Exactly, they’ll all become supposed Raider fans & join “The Raider Nation” in hating the Broncos! John Elway’s teeth should be Denver’s mascot! Go Raiders!