In just two weeks, the Oakland Raiders have proven that they won’t be the worst team in football this year and the change in attitude from the mainstream experts reflects that.
After being written off in the preseason power rankings, ProFootballTalk had Oakland at No.26 in their Week One power rankings after their near upset against the Indianapolis Colts. Now after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-9 in their home opener, the PFT team has Oakland at the cusp of the top 20 with the Raiders holding down the No. 21 spot.
Obviously having Terrelle Pryor come out and prove what a large majority of Raider fans knew all along, that he could go out there and make something happen, has helped skyrocket the Raiders success. Oakland also are currently leading the league in rushing after two weeks thanks to the 100 yard performances of Darren McFadden and Pryor on their side.
Here is the complete PFT list:
1. Broncos (2-0; last week No. 1): They’ve outscored the last two Super Bowl champs 90-50 to start the season.
2. Seahawks (2-0; No. 4): They’ve outscored the 49ers 71-16 in their last two meetings.
3. Texans (2-0; No. 3): DeAndre Hopkins thinks he can be better a better receiver than Andre Johnson. Ultimately, they need a better quarterback than Matt Schaub.
4. 49ers (1-1; No. 2): Maybe Colin Kaepernick will simply tattoo an eyebrow where that eyebrow was.
5. Packers (1-1; No. 6): If the Redskins had given the Packers a better game,Aaron Rodgers may have set the single-game passing yardage record.
6. Ravens (1-1; No. 7): So far, watching the Ravens play this year has been only slightly less painful than the childbirth quarterback Joe Flacco missed on Sunday.
7. Saints (2-0; No. 8): This year, the Saints already are one miracle closer to making their nickname legitimate.
8. Patriots (2-0; No. 9): “I took a huge pay cut and all I got was this crappy T-shirt. And a bunch of crappy receivers.”
9. Falcons (1-1; No. 10): Even Chip Kelly says, “Wow, they have a hard time holding a lead.”
10. Bears (2-0; No. 12): Ugly, come-from-behind wins are better than ugly, come-from-behind losses.
11. Bengals (1-1; No. 13): The Bengals have the young running back the Steelers need. Plus a lot more.
12. Dolphins (2-0; No. 22): Maybe the ’72 Dolphins eventually will have to worry about the ’13 Dolphins.
13. Chiefs (2-0; No. 19): Two wins all of last year. Two wins so far this year, with 14 chances to get more.
14. Chargers (1-1; No. 24): Eddie Royal quickly has become what Robert Meachem was supposed to be.
15. Eagles (1-1; No. 5): So when do all the people in Philly who wanted Andy Reid to be fired start complaining about the fact that he was?
16. Cowboys (1-1; No. 14): In Week Two, Tony Romo performed exactly likePeyton Manning. In the playoffs.
17. Cardinals (1-1; No. 21): What a difference a real quarterback makes.
18. Lions (1-1; No. 11): What a difference a little discipline would make.
19. Colts (1-1; No. 15): Jim Irsay demands more points. And a pony.
20. Rams (1-1; No. 17): For the Rams to become a great team, they can’t fall behind by 21 on the road.
21. Raiders (1-1; No. 26): If the Raiders had trusted Pryor earlier, they wouldn’t have had to give up all those draft picks for a quarterback who currently plays in Arizona.
22. Giants (0-2; No. 16): The last time the Giants started 0-2, they won the Super Bowl. That’s where the similarities between recent 0-2 Giants teams ends.
23. Titans (1-1; No. 23): Mike Munchak would have secured lifetime job security if the Titans had beaten the Texans in Houston. At least for Bud Adams’ lifetime.
24. Bills (1-1; No. 25): After years of toiling, the Bills could quickly benefit from some Manuel labor. (Does acknowledging that one is a little cheesy make it any better? I didn’t think so.)
25. Vikings (0-2; No. 18): With 54 points scored in two losses, maybe the passing game isn’t the problem.
26. Redskins (0-2; No. 20): Robert Griffin III should be benched only if he’s playing defense.
27. Panthers (0-2; No. 27): Cam Newton in in the process of trading that supposedly fake smile for a real frown.
28. Jets (1-1; No. 28): An opportunity lost is still a loss, Dog.
29. Steelers (0-2; No. 29): The Steelers are becoming irrelevant for the first time since the Pirates weren’t.
30. Browns (0-2; No. 30): The Factory of Sadness already is working overtime.
31. Buccaneers (0-2; No. 31): Josh Freeman missed this year’s team photo. Greg Schiano could miss next year’s.
32. Jaguars (0-2; No. 32): The Jaguars shouldn’t reconsider their position on Tim Tebow. He has already made it clear that he only wants to play for an NFL team.