We at the Redskins Blog like to bring you various national media outlets’ weekly power rankings so you can see where the Redskins are being perceived from week to week.
At times, looking at the lists can be frustrating and tiring.
But, like an up-and-coming rock band might do in Billboard Magazine, you might be happy to know that the Redskins are rising the charts.
Ranked No. 24 out of 32 teams a week ago, Washington is now ranked No. 13 in Pro Football Talk’s Week 1 Power Rankings, thanks to the team’s 40-32 opening-week victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome.
Washington’s 11-spot increase marks the biggest jump forward among the 32 NFL teams in this week’s PFT list, which is based on the average rankings of the website’s five writers.
Here’s what PFT had to say about the Redskins this week:
“Receiver Josh Morgan gushed last week about RG3. And it looked like an understatement on Sunday.”
They’re, of course, referring to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in one of more prolific NFL debuts by a quarterback in league history.
The underlying story of the game, however, was the Redskins defense, which gave Saints quarterback Drew Brees fits all game. Brees — who set the NFL record for single-season passing yards in 2011 — completed an un-Brees-like 46 percent of his passes, and was sacked and intercepted twice each.
The reaction you’ll hear from the coaches and players all week is that this is just the first week of the season. There’s 15 more games left on the schedule, and a poor performance against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday will make the win against the Saints look like nothing.
This is all true. But, for now, at this point of the week, it’s still awesome to see the Redskins back where they belong — ranked with the best teams in the NFL.
You can also see how tough the NFC East is by this week’s PFT Power Rankings. Despite being ranked 13th, the Redskins are still last in their division, behind the New York Giants (No. 7), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 8) and Dallas Cowboys (No. 10).
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