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
1New England Patriots
last week: 1
record: 7–0

 

2
2Cincinnati Bengals
last week: 3
record: 7–0

 

3
3Denver Broncos
last week: 5
record: 7–0

 

4
4Carolina Panthers
last week: 4
record: 7–0

 

5
5Green Bay Packers
last week: 2
record: 6–1

 

6
6Minnesota Vikings
last week: 6
record: 5–2

 

7
7St. Louis Rams
last week: 10
record: 4–3

 

8
8Arizona Cardinals
last week: 8
record: 6–2

 

9
9Seattle Seahawks
last week: 11
record: 4–4

 

10
10Oakland Raiders
last week: 15
record: 4–3

 

11
11New York Jets
last week: 7
record: 4–3

 

12
12Atlanta Falcons
last week: 9
record: 6–2

 

13
13New Orleans Saints
last week: 18
record: 4–4
14
14Pittsburgh Steelers
last week: 12
record: 4–4

 

15
15New York Giants
last week: 14
record: 4–4

 

16
16Washington Redskins
last week: 16
record: 3–4

 

17
17Philadelphia Eagles
last week: 17
record: 3–4

 

18
18Miami Dolphins
last week: 13
record: 3–4

 

19
19Kansas City Chiefs
last week: 26
record: 3–5

 

20
20Indianapolis Colts
last week: 19
record: 3–5

 

21
21Buffalo Bills
last week: 21
record: 3–4

 

22
22Baltimore Ravens
last week: 27
record: 2–6

 

23
23Dallas Cowboys
last week: 22
record: 2–5

 

24
24Cleveland Browns
last week: 20
record: 2–6

 

25
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers
last week: 28
record: 3–4

 

26
26Chicago Bears
last week: 24
record: 2–5

 

27
27Houston Texans
last week: 29
record: 3–5

 

28
28San Diego Chargers
last week: 23
record: 2–6

 

29
29Jacksonville Jaguars
last week: 30
record: 2–5

 

30
30San Francisco 49ers
last week: 25
record: 2–6

 

31
31Tennessee Titans
last week: 31
record: 1–6

 

32
32Detroit Lions
last week: 32
record: 1–7

 

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