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More Power Rankings, Same Story

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 4, 2012 – 3:06 pm

Today’s posts have already included discussion about where the Washington Redskins fall in this week’s ProFootballTalk power rankings, so unless I see another power rankings list that has the Redskins drastically lower or higher than the mid-20s at this point, it won’t merit much discussion.

There is, however, one theme that is apparent as I look over a few other national organizations’ power rankings: slowly but surely, the Redskins are improving.

That was the case in the power rankings this week for NFL.com, ESPN.com and the National Football Post.

Here’s a little bit of breakdown of each:

The Redskins come in this week at No. 24, moving up (down?) one spot from NFL.com’s previous power rankings.

Here’s what NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison had to say about Washington as it heads into its season opener Sunday at New Orleans:

“Still not sure what to make of Robert Griffin III, other than to say I’m tired of talking about his “fantasy upside.” And I’m still not sure what to make of the defense, which struggled versus the Bears but improved against the Colts in Week 3. Nor am I sure what to make of the running-back situation, with Evan Royster, Roy Helu and Alfred Morris all in the mix. My acai berry smoothie is on Royster, an effective inside runner, to start.”

When looking at other NFC East foes in this week’s NFL.com power rankings, the New York Giants are ranked No. 1 (no change), the Philadelphia Eagles are at No. 12 (down four spots) and the Dallas Cowboys are ranked No. 16 (down one spot).

The Redskins are also ranked 24th in this week’s ESPN.com power rankings.

Washington was ranked 25th in their previous ranking, meaning it was one of 11 teams to rise in the polls this time around.

Here’s what ESPN.com NFC East Blogger Dan Graziano had to say about the Redskins’ ranking:

“Rookie QB Robert Griffin III gets all the hype, but if the Redskins are going to surprise, a surprisingly strong defensive front seven could be the reason.”

What’s interesting about ESPN.com’s power rankings is where the various voters placed the Redskins. They were ranked as low (or high?) as 26th this week by AFC North Blogger Jamison Hensley, while Graziano has the Redskins at No. 19.

National Football Post
The National Football Post has the Redskins ranked No. 25 in this week’s power rankings.

Though that’s not something to be surprised at, I was a little shocked to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 24 overall on this list.

We all saw the (lack of) depth displayed by the Buccaneers Wednesday when they came to FedExField and lost 30-3 to the Redskins in both teams’ preseason finales.

I thought it might just be a given that the Redskins, at this point, are a better overall football team than the Bucs. Oh well.

Here’s the very bland explanation for the Redskins’ ranking on National Football Post:

“Mike Shanahan has a true playmaker at QB, but he has to open up the offense this year.”

Well DUH.

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7 Responses to “More Power Rankings, Same Story”

  1. By robert griffin the turd on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Last year the Skins were 3-1 before the injuries mounted. For everyone who wants to blame the 5-11 season on Rex, remember that during the year, Chester was the only one to play all 16 games at his position on the O-line. By the last 4 games, Rex’s top targets were Gaffney and Logan Paulsen. Moss, Cooley, Davis, Hightower, T.Williams, Lichtensteiger, Brown, and Armstrong all missed significant time during the year. Our defense laid an egg during the last quarter of the season as well. With a healthy offense I think we would of been fine this year. However we are taking a step back at the QB position which means we will have to rely on a suspect Defense. With Rex:9-7, with Griffin : 3-13

  2. By brucealmty on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Power rankings are useless. Question is who are the 1st tier, 2nd tier and 3rd tier teams? Only the Redskin fanatics view them as anything more than a 3rd tier team.

  3. By Bernie G. on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think that will RG3 at the helm, three good receivers, and a very good tight end, its entirely possible that the Skins could finish at 8 and 8.

  4. By ghost of sammy baugh on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Every year the pundits pick the winners and every year they always miss one who slips up and bites them where it hurts.

    REDSKINS will rule. Too much excitement around RGIII to fail .All hail!

  5. By ghost of sammy baugh on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hey turd, you suc.

    I’m laughing already at the know-it-all’s that think this particular rookie,the o-line and d-backs spell dis-ass-ter for the REDSKINS. All HAIL!

    Wait till DANO SMITH’s teams engineer a punt return TD with the blazing fast BB toating the pigskin TO THE HOUSE!!!! All HAIL!

  6. By ghost of sammy baugh on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply


    Fa’ gid’ da; biud those pundit clowns. Those that follow REDSKINS Nation closelt know the surprises will be to the upside this seaon. All HAIL!!!!

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