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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  • Pridenpoise

    If like to know any coach that wouldn’t have struggled with the mess that Allen had to deal with in his first two seasons, as for QB being their biggest weakness, I disagree they’ve improved the QB position by leaps and bounds from last season, I’m not saying Schaub is going to light the world on fire but he’s not going to be as bad as what we’ve had lately, and Carr is going to make a great starter in the not to distant future.

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      I think the Raiders will be a much better team this season than last, and they have brought in more talent for Allen to work with. So the only excuse he may this year is he’s in a very tough division. Schaub can still play, he just needs to get his confidence back. I that happens, then the Raiders QB situation will definitely improve. Thanks for the comment.

  • Kevin Methvin

    This Power Ranking is far more realistic than others that I’ve read.

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      Thanks for the comment Kevin.