In a season full of losses, the Raiders have managed to avoid one unfortunate fate -- a last-place ranking in the Associated Press Pro32 NFL power rankings, as determined by the poll's 12 voters.
Oakland was handed its sixth-straight defeat Thursday by the Denver Broncos, a 26-13 decision at O.co Coliseum. That put the Raiders at 3-10 on the season, but it didn't cause them to fall in the AP rankings. Instead, the Raiders tied for 30th place in the rankings; Oakland entered Thursday's game ranked 31st.
The Raiders have 29 points in the rankings, the same as the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders host the Chiefs (2-11) on Sunday, kicking off at 1:25 p.m. The Chiefs were beaten last Sunday 30-7 by the Cleveland Browns.
In last place in this week's rankings are the Jacksonville Jaguars (25 points), who lost 17-10 to the New York Jets last Sunday.
Comments on the Raiders by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
Chris Berman (ESPN, 32) -- At least they have 10 days off.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 32) -- Chiefs vs. Raiders in Week 15 won't be NFL football at its finest.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 31) -- Time to find out about Terrelle Pryor
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 32) -- Raiders owe Carson Palmer $13 million next season. Doubt he'll see that cash.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 30) -- The Raiders have allowed 400-plus points for the second consecutive
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 29) -- Just lose, baby.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 31) -- Remember when Chiefs-Raiders used to mean something?
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 30) -- Carson Palmer is not the problem, but he takes a lot of heat. He is going to wind up throwing for 4,700 yards and 27 touchdowns on a team that has issues on the O-line, running back, receiver and a defense that is a big part of the six-game losing streak.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 32) -- The Raiders turnaround has a long way to go.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 29) -- As a six-game losing streak grows, it becomes harder each week to find something the Raiders are doing well.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 29) -- It might be Terrelle Pryor time in Oakland.