Power Rankings: Raiders continue to climb the ranks after back-to-back wins

No one expected the Raiders to win, but they defeated a stout Chicago Bears defense in Week 5 to bring their record to 3-2.

Jon Gruden couldn't have formulated a better game plan against the Bears, and the offensive line kept Derek Carr clean the entire game, only allowing one quarterback hit.

The Silver and Black's impressive win has opened the eyes of some NFL analysts around the country; let's see where they rank the team in the latest edition of the Power Rankings.

Current Ranking: 19

Previous Ranking: 24

Analysis:

The Raiders have made undeniable progress in Year 2 under Chucky. Sunday in London represented the highpoint so far for Gruden 2.0 in Oakland: A dramatic 24-21 win over the Bears and old friend Khalil Mack. The star was Josh Jacobs, who probably wouldn't be a Raider if not for the Mack trade that sent first-round picks back to Oakland last September. Jacobs ran for two touchdowns and set a career high with 123 yards on 26 carries. His impressive leap over a goal line pile was the exclamation point on a touchdown drive that covered 13 plays and 97 yards in the fourth quarter and put the Raiders ahead for good after the Bears had wiped out an early deficit. After the game, Gruden did some "disco dancing" in the winning locker room -- clearly a shot at the Bears' so-called "Club Dub" after wins. Jon Gruden lives for this.

Current Ranking: 21

Previous Ranking: 24

Analysis:

The rookie first-rounder had a phenomenal day in the Raiders' 24-21 defeat of the Bears on Sunday, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and catching three passes for 20 yards -- with wideouts Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson injured and inactive. Jacobs' 430 rushing yards are the most by a Raiders rookie through his first five games, eclipsing Marcus Allen's 415 yards in 1982. Given the success Jacobs had running behind an active offensive line against a vaunted Chicago run defense, expect Oakland to continue riding its rookie phenom going forward.

Current Ranking: 15

Previous Ranking: 23

Analysis:

Come down a rabbit hole with me … could Jon Gruden win NFL Coach of the Year? Oakland has gone from 4-12 last year to three wins before mid-October this year, and that happened after the Raiders traded for a Hall of Fame talent at receiver and he never played a down for them. On Sunday, Oakland moved the ball well against a phenomenal Bears defense and didn’t even have No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams. I’m not sure if Gruden can get enough wins to get the Raiders a wild-card spot, but if he does …

Current Ranking: 21

Previous Ranking: 25

Analysis:

The Oakland Raiders are sitting at 3-2, just a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs after stunning the Chicago Bears 24-21 in London.

The Raiders still have problems—as evidenced by the fact that Oakland had to rally in the fourth quarter after squandering a 17-0 lead.

But the Raiders did rally. The defense isn't great, but it's getting better. Josh Jacobs was a force against Chicago, piling up 143 total yards and two scores on 29 touches. And the Raiders have gone from punchline to tough out.

Current Ranking: 13

Previous Ranking: 27

Analysis:

It's time to give Jon Gruden credit for this team winning two tough road games. Can they be a playoff team? It's possible.

Take a look at the top photos from this past Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the Raiders beat the Chicago Bears in London.

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