Tuck this one in under the “It doesn’t really matter at this point, but let’s talk about it anyway” category.
Despite defeating the Buffalo Bills in their 2012 preseason opening game, the Washington Redskins made up no ground in this week’s NFL.com Power Rankings.
The Redskins come in this week at No. 25.
For those clinching their fists and grinding their teeth at this week’s ranking, just sit back and take a deep breath. Everything will be OK.
This early into the preseason — when coaches are typically more concerned with evaluating the overall talent within their 90-man rosters instead of where their starters stand — there probably isn’t going to be much movement one way or another for a team like the Redskins, who finished 5-11 last season.
Yes, the team is much improved from a year ago. Yes, the team won its preseason opener. But it would probably take a nice win over the Chicago Bears at Solider Field on Saturday to really see the Redskins get a little more respect.
Here’s what NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison wrote about the Redskins this week:
“Shanahanigans seem to be on again, as Evan Royster runs with the 1’s and Roy Helu with the 2’s. The coaching staff prefers Royster’s inside running ability, but you can’t blame Redskins faithful if they aren’t exactly salivating. Meanwhile, there should be no shenanigans on defense, with the same starting front seven returning from 2011. The Bills gained just 219 yards in the preseason opener.”
I’m actually hoping what we saw in the Bills game becomes a pattern for most Redskins games this season: Dominant, deep defense leading the way for a rookie quarterback who doesn’t exactly play like a rookie.
One thing that does baffle me about these rankings, however, is that the Bills — who the Redskins defeated 7-6 Thursday at Ralph Wilson Stadium — actually moved up a spot from the previous rankings to No. 22 overall.
Again, it’s just preseason, but the Bills’ first unit did not impress one bit when going up against the Redskins’ first unit. Buffalo was constantly force to punt — and a lot of that had to do with costly penalties.
And I’m not too sure that 219 total yards is worth moving up a spot, but oh well.
In case you haven’t looked at the entire rankings, the New York Giants come in at No. 1; John Harbaugh’s favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, come in at No. 8; while the Dallas Cowboys are ranked No. 15.
The Bears, meanwhile, slipped two spots from the previous rankings and are at No. 7 overall, while the New Orleans Saints — the Redskins’ Week 1 opponent in the regular season — are ranked ninth.
Question: What do you think about this week’s NFL.com power rankings? Where would you put the Redskins?
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