3. 30th ranked defense in the league.
That’s right! The defense the Raiders spent months hyping up as a super team turned out to be the 30th ranked team in a 32-team league. That means only the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions have worse defense than them. Keep in mind that also means the Houston Texans, The Dallas Cowboys, The Minnesota Vikings, The New York Jets and the Denver Broncos all have better defenses than that of the Raiders. That’s just deflating to look at when expectations were so high at the beginning of the year.