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Week 2 Power Rankings Roundup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 13, 2011 – 4:22 pm

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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7 Responses to “Week 2 Power Rankings Roundup”

  1. By RussianBreadMaker on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    Florio is such a turd.

  2. By Sports Scatter on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    There will be no excuse for a loss to the Cardinals. Certainly, the Cardinals best player, their only real offensive player, is Larry Fitzgerald. The Redskins only real defensive weakness is Landry’s pass-coverage replacement…so some big plays may go that way. But if Carolina can carve up Arizona’s defense there is no reason the far more talented Redskins offense can’t do the same. Giants should easily win this week’s game against a team with more injuries to vital players than they have. That means if the Redskins go out and play as well as they should this week, They’ll have two wins against teams that haven’t lost to anyone else. So Redskins take care of business in week two and their ranking should be top 12. Let’s hope the D gets Landry back and carries the team when they go on the road for a couple tougher games.

  3. By bcar4ful on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    Yes. We played a good game on Sunday. Would love to see us play from the front. I know how much you like to feature one back, but Terrell Davis career was sut short using that concept. I feel we need to utilize Torain some in the running game as well. Fresh legs in the 4th qtr would be the finishing touch to a team that’s trying to figure us out. And, some Helu would be great as well. All an all good game Sunday. Go Skins!

  4. By bamfsr on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Shanahan is fixing the Skins. We now have a team to be interested in again.

  5. By Danny Ambrose on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    I Never For Gotting Redskins We Believe In DC.Go Skins

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