Despite a rare win and an even rarer shutout, the Raiders remained No. 30 in the Associated Press Pro32 NFL power rankings that were released Tuesday.
Oakland (4-10) recorded a 15-0 shutout against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, snapping a six-game losing streak in the process. The shutout was the first by the Raiders in 10 years.
Despite all that, Oakland failed to overly impress the rankings' 12 voters. The team most affected by the outcome was the Chiefs (2-12), who dropped two spots to 32nd, and last place, in the rankings.
Although they also lost Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) were voted out of the cellar and moved up a spot to No. 31, 22 ranking points behind the Raiders. The Jaguars were dropped 24-3 by the Miami Dolphins.
Sunday, the Raiders will try to win back-to-back games for the second time this season when they play the 21st-ranked Carolina Panthers (5-9).
Comments on the Raiders by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
Chris Berman (ESPN, 30) -- A shutout, no less!
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 29) -- When offense sputters, Sebastian Janikowski's leg is a nice fallback.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 30) -- Shutout win at home ... but it was against KC ... Does that count?
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 29) -- Ah, the old five field goal offense, something Sebastian Janikowski has seen plenty of in his years with the Raiders.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 27) -- The Raiders make their fifth cross-country trek to play a team in the Eastern time zone this weekend when they visit Carolina. Oakland is 0-4 on those trips, having been outscored 147-63. Jet lag?
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 30) -- Sebastian Janikowski for team MVP.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 30) -- Let's not get too excited about beating up on the Chiefs.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 30) -- They are a different team when McFadden can stay on the field. Once they get out of salary cap jail and put more talent on this team they will be all right. For now, a shutout of division rival Chiefs will have to do.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 31) -- The Raiders leapfrogged the Chiefs after they shut them out.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 28) -- There are plenty of things broken with the Raiders. But as evidenced by Oakland's 15-0 win over Kansas City, Sebastian Janikowski's kicking leg isn't one of them.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 28) -- Bored with booing poor play, Raiders fans now have begun booing poor form in shooing pigeons.