Power rankings are one of the most meaningless standards in all of sports.
But aren’t they fun?
CBSSports.com gave the Redskins No. 14, up from 24:
FoxSports.com gave the Redskins No. 15, up from 25:
NBC/ProFootballTalk.com gave the Redskins No. 20, up from 31:
ESPN.com gave the Redskins No. 19, up from 28:
The Redskins got a lot of love this week after a big division win. Although the various methods for determining the power rankings are hazy at best, the plus-10 trend is what really matters. What fans can take away from this week, is that in one week of football, the Redskins were able to surpass the expectations of nearly one-third of the league.
That’s a pretty impressive start.
When training camps opened, ESPN The Magazine felt compelled to put out predictions on where teams would finish the season, essentially based on hype. As I pointed out after the game on Sunday, this is not a 3-13 team in Washington. NFC East Blogger for ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano gave a much more reasonable assessment of the rankings this afternoon:
As you know if you read me regularly, this spot [No. 19] more accurately reflects where I would rank the Redskins than the surprisingly low rank from last week. I don’t know that they’re a contender, but they’re surely improved off of last year’s 6-10 season, and they’re going to give contenders a tough time as an opponent, especially on defense. They’re not one of the worst teams in the league, and I’m not entirely sure why people expected them to be in the first place.
Even with the usual powerhouses topping the list, no one is jumping up power ranking lists faster than the Washington Redskins. Everyone will be interested to see how the encore looks on Sunday against the Cardinals.
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