2014 NFL Power Rankings countdown: 28. Oakland Raiders

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Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece (45) scores on an 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

28.  Oakland Raiders (AFC West)

2013 Record:  4-12

Head coach:  Dennis Allen – Allen has struggled his first two season as Raiders head coach with an 8-24 record.  However, the Raiders have stood by him despite the bad record.  But a third consecutive losing season in Oakland might be the last for one of the youngest head coaches in the league at 41.

Best offensive player:  Marcel Reece, fullback – This may seem weird to name a fullback, but Marcel Reese has been arguably the most consistent force on offense the Raiders have had over the past few seasons.  He’s made two pro bowls, is a good lead blocker, and when given the opportunity is a good runner and receiver out of  the backfield as well.

Best defensive player:  Justin Tuck, defensive end – The Raiders signed Justin Tuck as a free agent in the offseason, and he gives them one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.  Tuck may be getting a little past his prime at 31, but he is still capable of turning in a double-digit sack season for the Raiders.

Rising Star:  Rod Streater, wide receiver – Rod Streater led the Raiders in receptions with 60 for 888 yards and 4 TD’s.  Streater has good size, and should form a nice tandem at wide receiver with recently signed free agent James Jones.

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