Power Rankings: Raiders slide after Vikings defeat

In their first road game of the season, the Oakland Raiders struggled against the Minnesota Vikings. Facing a stout defense and a high-octane rushing attack, the Silver and Black fell behind early, and were unable to make up the difference.

Despite their struggles, Darren Waller had a career-day, registering statistical highs in receptions (13) and yards (134). In addition to Waller, Tyrell Williams found the end zone for the third consecutive week. The duo will need to keep it going if the Raiders want any chance at defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4.

Before the Raiders hit the road once again, let's take a look at this week's edition of the Power Rankings.

Current Ranking: 25

Previous Ranking: 24

Analysis:

This remains a team under construction, and Oakland simply isn't ready to hang against a quality opponent on the road. The goal is improvement, and there's plenty of room for that. Since jumping out to a 10-0 lead last week against the Chiefs, the Raiders have been outscored 62-14 by a pair of Super Bowl contenders.

Current Ranking: 24

Previous Ranking: 22

Analysis:

After an emotional season-opening win on Monday Night Football against the rival Broncos in which the offense was clicking and a quick first quarter against the Chiefs in Week 2, the offense has been flat.

Current Ranking: 25

Previous Ranking: 21

Analysis:

Tight end Darren Waller has been a real find. Grabbing 13 receptions for 134 yards on 14 targets is impressive, no matter if most of it came in garbage time. It’s one of the few positives for the Raiders over the past two weeks.

Current Ranking: 29

Previous Ranking: 26

Analysis:

The Raiders were dominated Sunday in Minnesota from start to finish in a manner that the stats don't really indicate. Twenty minutes into the contest it was 21-0.

This isn't to say that there weren't bright spots. There was one large one—tight end Darren Waller continued his early-season roll, reeling in 13 of 14 targets for 134 yards.

But outside that big outing, most of Oakland's stats were of the garbage-time variety, the Raiders pass rush (much like last year) was invisible, and three of Minnesota's first four drives culminated in touchdowns.

Current Ranking: 21

Previous Ranking: 21

Analysis:

That early-season hype has subsided with two straight losses. They just aren't good enough on defense right now and Derek Carr needs to be better.

Take a look at the top photos from the Raiders' matchup against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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