The injuries and losses pile up for the Raiders, but they continue to hold their place in the Associated Press Pro32 NFL power rankings, released Wednesday.
The Raiders fell to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday 17-6, handicapped greatly when quarterback Carson Palmer was injured and forced from the game in the first quarter.
The loss dropped the Raiders to 4-11 on the season, but it had no effect on their Pro32 rankings. The Raiders remain at No. 30 for the third week in a row.
The only teams ranked below the Raiders are the Jacksonville Jaguars (31st) and Kansas City Chiefs (32nd).
Sunday, the Raiders play their season finale against the host San Diego Chargers (6-9), who are ranked 21st.
Comments on the Raiders by the 12-member AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
Chris Berman (ESPN, 30) -- Two in a row too much to ask.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 29) -- If Dennis Allen returns as coach, he will have plenty of work to do.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 31) -- I'm sorry, but I expected more from Reggie Mackenzie and Dennis Allen in year one despite the roster.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 30) -- A mess coming into the season, and still the same on the way out.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 27) -- Did the Raiders once have the slogan, "Commitment to Excellence?" These days there is no commitment and little excellence.
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Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 30) -- Like so many teams, the Raiders are desperate for a young QB to build around.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 30) -- The Raiders came into the season with a paper thin roster because of salary cap issues and injuries totally disabled this team that was mediocre at full strength.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 27) -- Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor, huh?
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 28) -- Dennis Allen says Terrelle Pryor is not ready to be the No. 2 quarterback after nearly two NFL seasons. That might mean he never will be ready to be a starter.