16. Oakland Raiders
Don’t look now, but the Oakland Raiders seem to be heating up at the perfect time after pulling off another impressive win over a top contender in the Chicago Bears over in London to get back above .500 on the season.
One of the biggest surprises from Week 4 involved the Raiders handing the Indianapolis Colts a loss since Oakland previously was embarrassed by the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings.
Since then, the Raiders have looked like a completely different team entering the bye week sitting at 3-2, and should benefit from the extra rest before hitting the road to take on the Green Bay Packers.
Back in the offseason, Oakland was expected to emerge as a surprise contender in the AFC, mainly because of Antonio Brown joining the offense.
And while there were times a few weeks ago in which the Raiders seemed to be completely lost without the speedster, the last two games have made it clear they will be just fine without Brown in the picture.
For a head coach that took all sorts of criticism in the middle of September, Jon Gruden must be thrilled over his team’s recent success, especially since it’s helped remove him from the hot seat conversation.