NFL power rankings, no, 14: Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders relinquished first place in the AFC West in Week 9 to the LA Chargers by losing to the New York Giants. The division is wide-open this year and those are the kind of losses that really hurts a team as they try and win the division.
The Raiders have been decent thus far but are now entering the toughest slate of games all season, which is why they really needed a win over the Giants on the road. The Raiders' next six games are against the Chiefs, Bengals, Cowboys, Washington, Chiefs and Browns.
That is easily looking like a 2-4 stretch or even a 1-5 stretch. The 5-3 Raiders could easily be 6-7 or 5-8 as we enter the last four games of the season.
NFL power rankings, no. 13: Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals had a huge win over the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the season that propelled them up many power ranking lists and they have since fallen back down to earth, showing that they might not quite be there yet as a really good football team.
They still get this high of a ranking as they do have a winning record and a win over one of the best teams in the AFC. Cincy has a bye this week and is on the road against the Raiders in Week 11 in a game that will be telling for both sides.
That very well could be the game that decides the seventh playoff spot in the AFC, so it will be one to watch for sure.