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.