The Raiders clean up nicely for prime time.
A week after they were penalized 23 times for 200 yards, they had just 72 yards on eight penalties in their signature 30-20 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos in Week 9.
The nationally televised victory elevated the Raiders to an average ranking of 4.0 (up from 6.4) in the five polls sampled here (ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, CBS Sports and The Associated Press).
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And what of California’s other NFL teams?
The Chargers climbed just over two places with an 18.4 average ranking following their 43-35 win over the Titans. ESPN dropped San Diego three spots despite the victory. No telling what a loss would have prompted.
The Rams (26.6) continued to trend downward following their 13-10 loss to the struggling Panthers.
There was good news (OK, maybe ‘not horrible’ would be more accurate) for the 49ers, despite yet another steamroller loss. ESPN, perhaps only because of the Jaguars’ drop from 30th to 31st, inched the 49ers up to 30 in its poll. For the week, the 49ers averaged a 30.8 ranking over last week’s 31.0. So progress.
Sorting the data:
Average rank: 4.0
Average change: +1.6
From USA Today (No. 6): “Looks like Latavius Murray is warmed up, commanding 20-plus touches in two of the past three weeks after averaging 12.5 in first four games.”
Average rank: 18.4
Average change: +2.2
From ESPN (No. 17): “The Chargers have run 308 offensive plays with a lead this season. Only the Patriots have run more (such) plays than San Diego in 2016.”
Average rank: 26.6
Average change: -2.8
From CBS Sports (No. 27): “Get it over with and please put Jared Goff in the lineup.”
Average rank: 30.8
Average change: +0.2
From ESPN (No. 30): “The 49ers are on pace to allow 3,008 rushing yards this season. No team has allowed 3,000 rushing yards in a season since the 1980 Saints.”