While those putting together power rankings may not find any value in a competitive loss like the Raiders had last Sunday against the Chiefs, the fans clearly do.
After the Raiders’ win over the Cardinals in week 11, we put out a poll asking if at this point in the Raiders’ lost season they would rather see this team pull out an ugly win over a bad team or show promise in a hard-fought loss to a good team. The results of that poll show the fans overwhelmingly preferred a competitive loss to a good team by a 2-1 ratio.
As it happens, we got to see both of those things within a three week span. Two weeks after that ugly win over the then 1-win Cardinals, the Raiders had one of their best looking games in a loss to the then 9-2 Chiefs.
With that win over the Cardinals, the weekly fan confidence poll went up six points to 19%.

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