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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Las Vegas Raiders

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Las Vegas Raiders rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Sure, the Raiders are coming off a feel-good Thanksgiving win at Dallas -- a game in which QB Derek Carr seemed to emerge from a post-bye funk, as he was more aggressive in attacking the Cowboys' defense. But while the NFL season truly is a week-by-week proposition, Carr and the Raiders, who looked more and more lost as their three-game losing streak grew, need to string together a few more positive weeks to get the confidence level up again. Washington should provide that opportunity next. Again, should. -- Paul Gutierrez

NFL.com -- Rank: 17

How huge does the DeSean Jackson signing look right now? The veteran speedster started the scoring in a huge Thanksgiving win over the Cowboys with a 56-yard touchdown and was a key factor throughout the 36-33 overtime thriller at Jerrah World. The stunning departure of Henry Ruggs III left a huge hole in the Vegas attack, but Jackson possesses the skill set to fill it -- if he can stay on the field. Derek Carr threw for 373 yards thanks to connections with Jackson, but also because of the portions of the field that were opened up by Vegas' deep-strike ability. "(Jon) Gruden used to tell me, don't ever take your arm out of a game," Carr said. "So when we call these things, let's rip 'em."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

They saved their season in a way by winning at Dallas. Derek Carr was outstanding in getting that overtime victory.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

They just want to get you to overtime, where they're 3-0 this season and the first team with that many wins outside regulation in four years. But if the defense continues to surrender 35.3 points per game -- as it has over the last three weeks -- gonna be tough to make it to bonus football.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Problem area: Consistency. We wouldn't have blamed Raiders fans if they headed into the Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys feeling discouraged. Las Vegas had lost three consecutive games, and yet another collapse in the second half of the season felt inevitable. Then came an overtime win in Dallas, and while it wasn't pretty, maybe it was enough to snap the Raiders out of their funk. Now the question is whether they can put together consecutive good games for the first time since October.

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