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Raiders check in at No. 32 in PFT’s preseason power rankings

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If it’s summertime, it’s NFL preseason power rankings time.

So here we go with our rankings of the NFL’s clubs, stacked from No. 32 all the way down to No. 1.

And like last year, the Oakland Raiders are 32nd and last in our power ratings, which were compiled by a vote of the PFT staff.

All we can say to Raiders fans is this: the games will start soon enough, and Oakland looks to be more skilled than a season ago. The early-season schedule is manageable. It’s quite possible the Raiders could be one of September’s darlings. Three of their first four games are against the Jets, Texans and Dolphins.

The schedule gets tougher thereafter, though. The suspicion here is we will quickly know whether all of the money the Raiders spent this offseason will have made a difference.

And now, we turn to the audience. Should the Raiders be the NFL’s 32nd-ranked team entering the season? Let us know in the poll and in the comments.

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45 Responses to “Raiders check in at No. 32 in PFT’s preseason power rankings”
  1. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 7, 2014 10:06 AM

    The Vikings # is sure to be called in the next couple choices.

  2. wholelottacrazygoingon says: Jul 7, 2014 10:10 AM

    It seems like everyone believes, or says they believe, there is more talent on this years roster than last despite the addition of older talent and the losses of Veldheer and Houston and they finished 28th.

    They should be ahead of Jacksonville at the very least.

  3. justinstuckrule says: Jul 7, 2014 10:10 AM

    Any team that has my man Justin Tuck anchoring the defense together with former Giants superstar stud offensive guard Kevin Boothe is a dangerous team that can do deep in the playoffs.

  4. u4iadman says: Jul 7, 2014 10:13 AM

    Y’all were wrong last year as well.

  5. thesmartestmanever says: Jul 7, 2014 10:16 AM

    that’s funny

  6. raidermark says: Jul 7, 2014 10:19 AM

    This demonstrates how clueless the PFT staff really is. The Raiders belong somewhere between 15 and 20th on an informed power ranking.

  7. golforepar says: Jul 7, 2014 10:20 AM

    The Vikings are very excited to be considered 2nd worst team!

  8. greenlantern75 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:21 AM

    I guess you tipped your hand with where the Jets, Texans, and Dolphins will be ranked…

  9. slick50ks says: Jul 7, 2014 10:23 AM

    They should probably be behind several college teams as well, but their goofy fans think they’re going to the playoffs.

  10. thatguytml92 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:28 AM

    The 32nd team should be the browns, they’re loading Gordon for the season and the qb battle is hoyer and manziel. not looking good in Cleveland

  11. schmitty2 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:30 AM

    This is about the time of year where the Raider homers start with their usual “We are much improved….we have a chance to make the playoffs blah blah blah” Is the team improved? Maybe, but most of the free agent signings are guys way past their prime (MJD, Tuck etc.) With Denver in their division and also playing the NFC West (4 of the toughest defenses in football) it looks like another 5-6 win season IMO.

  12. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 7, 2014 10:35 AM

    Just checked in to see how long it would take for a Packer troll to mention the Vikings. Official time: 2 minutes, first comment in. A little slower than usual, but it’s a Monday morning.

  13. joetoronto says: Jul 7, 2014 10:36 AM

    This information is for the truly simple minded idiots out there, what a joke.

    There’s no way the Raiders should be ranked anywhere near 32nd.

    You know who’s going to be at or very near the bottom?

    The fraud of 2013, that house of cards, the Kansas City Chiefs.

  14. atthemurph says: Jul 7, 2014 10:39 AM

    The worst team invariably has the worst defense or the worst QB. Luckily enough that is the same team this season – The Minnesota Vikings.

  15. bornahawker says: Jul 7, 2014 10:41 AM

    Vikings are the real 32

  16. humb0lt says: Jul 7, 2014 10:42 AM

    It’s hard to see how the Raiders are going to win a game against the AFC West or the NFC West. That’s 10 losses. If they split the other six games, that’s a 3-13 season, which sounds about right.

  17. araidersfan says: Jul 7, 2014 10:45 AM

    LMAO @ the ‘experts’ including Wilkening. I’m certainly not going to proclaim greatness for my team but I’m going to wait to see how the season unfolds before conceding that 2014 is going to be a disaster.

  18. lanjoith says: Jul 7, 2014 11:05 AM

    I don’t see the Browns winning a game but the Raiders are a solid 31. Matt Schaub is a choke artist. Every year we hear the same thing from fans and every year Oakland finishes last in the West. Justin Tuck is no different from when Oakland got Wimbley. one player is going to fix the defense. Mack is a good building block but even “if” management knows what they are doing, the Raiders are still 2-3 years away from finishing over .500. SD is the real deal in the West and once Manning retires there won’t be another team to rival them for a while.

  19. El Pollo Loco says: Jul 7, 2014 11:05 AM

    They’re 32nd because there is only 32 teams in the nfl.if they included college teams they’d be around 70

  20. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 7, 2014 11:26 AM

    Arguably Jacksonville belongs at #32. But it is hard to come up with other teams as lousy as the Raiders. Buffalo? Thats about it.

  21. TeamBalco says: Jul 7, 2014 11:49 AM

    I agree with RaiderMark. We’ll have a climb to average. If we stay healthy and take care of home field we can end up 7-9. Many will laugh but anything is better than another 4-10 season.

  22. jimjets says: Jul 7, 2014 12:20 PM

    fine with me, rank the Jets 31st if you like.

    and we’ll catch up in January and just see bout dat.

  23. jeremyb91 says: Jul 7, 2014 1:09 PM

    And just like last year, PFT will be wrong again. I’m not expecting miracles to happen, but last year on paper the Raiders had the worst roster in the NFL yet ended up with the 5th worst record.

    At best I see 7 wins which will equate to being better than 32nd in the NFL. As usual though, it’s nice to see some PFT bias when Demarcus Ware is still a stud who will be 32 this year, yet Justin Tuck is over the hill at 31.

  24. militantgod says: Jul 7, 2014 1:47 PM

    Putting the Raiders at 32 is simply insane. They weren’t the worst team in football last year and they’ve improved a lot. I’m not saying they’re a good team (they’re gonna have to prove that) but if anything, the Texans, who were the worst team in football last year, have only gotten worse. Then there’s the Browns, the Jags, the Bills, the Titans…so many teams out there to consider but in predictable fashion, PFT continues to hate on Schaub, as if he’s the worst QB to ever play the game. The Raiders D is gonna be night and day better than last year (we no longer have to blitz 50% of the time to get pressure on the QB) and we no longer have Pryor and a FA rookie QBing the team. Schaub is gonna be allowed to do things with this team, unlike the overrated dictator that is Kubiak. The offensive line has potential to be pretty solid (there are looming question marks I admit). This team is closer to 8-8 than 3-13.

  25. thejimthorpejamsession says: Jul 7, 2014 2:05 PM

    32 is indeed too low to place them, yes.

    They won’t get to or win the Superbowl this year, no.

    And they DO have the league’s hardest schedule. So they will have a weak record, no doubt.

    Playing both the AFC and NFC West divisions is going to cause their coaches heartburn and sleepless nights.

    But are they the weakest/worst team in the league? Will that be our judgement come the end of the year? Not likely.

  26. idpfantasyfootball says: Jul 7, 2014 2:29 PM

    32??? Bogus… The Raiders would beat at least 6 teams in the league head-to-head right now. So, 26th is the lowest they should be listed.

  27. dalcow4 says: Jul 7, 2014 3:46 PM

    I hate the Raiders, but no way. They are better than at least a few teams, and got better with Schaub.
    OAK @ NYJ– W
    HOU @ OAK –W
    OAK @ NE– L
    MIA @ OAK – W
    SD @ OAK– L
    ARI @ OAK– L
    OAK @ CLE– W
    OAK @ SEA–L
    DEN @ OAK–L
    OAK @ SD–L
    KC @ OAK–W
    OAK @ STL–W
    SF @ OAK –L
    OAK @ KC–L
    BUF @ OAK-W
    OAK @ DEN–L

    7-9 this year.

  28. raideralex99 says: Jul 7, 2014 3:53 PM

    Seriously even if the Raiders won the Super Bowl this year … PFT would rank them #32 next year.
    Now you can delete this comment … in 3 … 2 … 1 … gone

  29. humb0lt says: Jul 7, 2014 4:17 PM

    I think PFT’s last place ranking of the Raiders is based on more than just the lack of talent on the roster. There might be a few teams with less talent, but no team in the NFL is more dysfunctional, starting from the ownership, through the GM’s office to the coaching staff. The Raiders organization could trade rosters with Seattle for a season and still lose 10 games.

  30. jdphx says: Jul 7, 2014 4:21 PM

    Toughest schedule will be hard to overcome..
    but I see 6, 7, maybe with a few breaks, 8 wins.

    Nowhere really to go but UP. Go Raiders!!!

  31. bwisnasky says: Jul 7, 2014 4:32 PM

    Every year we hear the same thing from fans and every year Oakland finishes last in the West.

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    Actually, even as bad as the past 10 years have been, they didn’t finish last in their division more years than they did.

  32. flybono24 says: Jul 7, 2014 5:04 PM

    The Raiders actually did improve the roster and had a decent draft. But unfortunately that moron Dennis Allen is still the head coach, so they’ll finish 4-12… again…

  33. trevjo says: Jul 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    3-1 against Kansas City and San Diego, 1-5 against Denver and the NFC West, 4-2 against the rest. You heard it here first.

  34. 1madr8r says: Jul 7, 2014 6:04 PM

    Sounds good to me, Raider Nation!! This is exactly where I want us to be ranked…WE STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM; NOW WERE HERE!! Real raider fans find a way to convert the hate into fuel for the war machine!!
    Let’s get this…Raiders!!

  35. slick50ks says: Jul 7, 2014 8:28 PM

    Everyone is laughing at you, again.

    It never gets old either.

  36. blackbeard43 says: Jul 7, 2014 11:05 PM

    It’s called: NFL offseason dead time and PFT just wants the clicks. I guess Jacksonville doesn’t have enough fans to rile up and get some decent numbers.

  37. purehyped says: Jul 8, 2014 9:03 AM

    …so being ranked 32nd is the best, right? :)

  38. steveoluvraiders says: Jul 8, 2014 1:13 PM

    I want Mike Wilkening to stand by that all season. If you truly believe that the Raiders are the worst team in the league stand by that. The Raiders are arguably the most improved team in the entire league from a personnel standpoint. But thanks for making that chip the size of a boulder on Raiders players shoulders. I just hope Vegas sees it the same way. If

  39. dumbolt says: Jul 8, 2014 1:18 PM

    humb0lt says:
    The Raiders organization could trade rosters with Seattle for a season and still lose 10 games.
    – - – - – - – - – - – - – –

    i agree it’s difficult to beat the zebra’s when they have it out for you.

  40. simonator917 says: Jul 8, 2014 4:20 PM

    I just hope Mark Davis doesn’t do a knee-jerk and fire everyone after the season. Ownership has to show some stability otherwise they have to keep starting over, perpetually. I thought the drafting of Derek Carr was quite courageous of their GM, building for the long term instead of trying a quick fix.

  41. kibblesnvick says: Jul 8, 2014 4:33 PM

    lanjoith says: Jul 7, 2014 11:05 AM

    Every year we hear the same thing from fans and every year Oakland finishes last in the West.

    Actually, Oakland finished 3rd in the AFC West every season from 2008-2012. That’s 5 of the last 6 seasons NOT in last place. That’s not saying much, true, but be sure to get your facts straight before you go spouting off at the mouth.

  42. raidernation3739 says: Jul 8, 2014 5:43 PM

    HAHAHA these troglodytes are the same people that picked the chiefs to win the division in 2012 when they went 2-14. PFT has very minimal creed when determining the talent on teams. joke

  43. mundybags says: Jul 10, 2014 2:24 PM

    I don’t agree with the raiders or the bucs position thus far! We will see!

  44. natelan says: Jul 15, 2014 4:33 PM

    steveoluvraiders says:
    Jul 8, 2014 1:13 PM
    I want Mike Wilkening to stand by that all season. If you truly believe that the Raiders are the worst team in the league stand by that. The Raiders are arguably the most improved team in the entire league from a personnel standpoint. But thanks for making that chip the size of a boulder on Raiders players shoulders. I just hope Vegas sees it the same way
    ———————–
    I understand that you’re a Raiders fan, so reading is not your strong suit, but it clearly states that this ranking was based on a vote/poll of multiple PFT employees, not just Wilkening.

  45. dasmol says: Jul 16, 2014 2:11 AM

    How many teams are there?

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