The Raiders have inched their way into the top ten at the halfway point of the NFL season in our latest edition of Power Rankings, plus we hand out midseason grades to each team. 

By Chris Burke
November 03, 2015

A twist on this week's Power Rankings in honor of the NFL hitting its regular-season midpoint. The actual rankings themselves are the same as ever, based on how teams are currently performing, but we're adding in a midseason grading scale.

How that works, rather unscientifically: Each team's first-half performance was measured against its expectations for the season. The resulting grade reflects how each team has played on a scale of how we thought they would do in 2015. So, you'll notice that the grades fluctuate on the way down the list—merely being top five does not guarantee an A; sitting near the bottom does not bring an automatic F (though it doesn't help).

Hope that helps. Here we go:

1
New England Patriots
1
7–0
 
2
Cincinnati Bengals
3
7–0
 
3
Denver Broncos
5
7–0
 
4
Carolina Panthers
4
7–0
 
5
Green Bay Packers
2
6–1
 
6
Minnesota Vikings
6
5–2
 
7
St. Louis Rams
10
4–3
 
8
Arizona Cardinals
8
6–2
 
9
Seattle Seahawks
11
4–4
 
10
Oakland Raiders
15
4–3
 
11
New York Jets
7
4–3
 
12
Atlanta Falcons
9
6–2
 
13
New Orleans Saints
18
4–4
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14
Pittsburgh Steelers
12
4–4
 
15
New York Giants
14
4–4
 
16
Washington Redskins
16
3–4
 
17
Philadelphia Eagles
17
3–4
 
18
Miami Dolphins
13
3–4
 
19
Kansas City Chiefs
26
3–5
 
20
Indianapolis Colts
19
3–5
 
21
Buffalo Bills
21
3–4
 
22
Baltimore Ravens
27
2–6
 
23
Dallas Cowboys
22
2–5
 
24
Cleveland Browns
20
2–6
 
25
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
28
3–4
 
26
Chicago Bears
24
2–5
 
27
Houston Texans
29
3–5
 
28
San Diego Chargers
23
2–6
 
29
Jacksonville Jaguars
30
2–5
 
30
San Francisco 49ers
25
2–6
 
31
Tennessee Titans
31
1–6
 
32
Detroit Lions
32
1–7
 

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