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Redskins Surge In Power Rankings

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 11, 2012 – 10:06 am

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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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12 Responses to “Redskins Surge In Power Rankings”

  1. By poppyshoes on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    We’ve got to put that win away and stay focused.Take NO team lightly. PLAY HARD FOR FOUR ENTIRE QUARTERS! I heard one of the players say…they gave eveything they had Sunday against NO. GREAT, that’s what good teams suppose to do. I’m gonna stand by you no matter what, but it sure feels good during the week to have had a win on Sunday.


  2. By luis on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    To me this game is a real test for the Redskins, it’s time they really put on a show and destroy a struggling team. I’m tired of them playing to the level of the opposition.

  3. By Kels on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    Dats true mane, we do play down to competition too much… i think we’re a diff team this yr tho, we started out like this last yr so these players kno fully that’s its only 1 game!… #RedskinsNation #HTTR!!!

  4. By Pastor James on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    a new reckoning is coming to the NFC east in the way of Washington. As long as they stay healthy, taking it one game at a time the outlook looks great HTTR!!!!

  5. By pollfourme on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    I am a dumdum

  6. By Timmeh on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    Shanny almost gave the Aints game away when he tried to run the clock out before the end of the first half. I dont know what he was thinking

  7. By robert griffin the turd on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    We really need to temper our excitement after only 1 game. The Saints were able to stop our Baylor offense in the second half. Remember, it was a bogus pass-interference call that put the ball on the 1 when we should of been punting, and Gome’s INT. that put the ball at the 3. Other than that, the offense only managed 6 points. Great win, but another quarter, and we lose that game. We caught them by surprise early, but after some game tape, that won’t always be the case.

  8. By Burnt on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    I agree! Didn’t we start off good last year and we see how that turned out! Pumps the breaks and work twice as hard

  9. By ghost of sammy baugh on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    Resurrected and redeemed. RGIII may not intercept 31 passes in his career, or punt for 51.4 yards per in a season, but he IS the second coming of SAMMY BAUGH, make no mistake.

    Kudos to the coaching especiually to RAHEEM MORRIS’s d-backs. They had the goods when it counted.

    Injuries included GARCON, BERNSTEIN, and SUNDBERG. Top WR, reserve safety and long-snapper. These were serious injuries. GARCON because he is the primary target, BERNSTEIN because we’re thin at safety, and SUNDBERG because snapper’s just don’t grow on trees, ask JOE GIBBS.

    Hopefully, replacements will carry the load, ALDRICK ROBINSON comes to mind.

  10. By wallace on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    The Redskins team was dominant from the begining. They sustained the energy throughout, The problem still remains with the run blocking scheme. I am hopeing this was a planned demostration of line play problems to give to other teams.Not fully employing the true blocking patterns,but a basic formation. Great game for all true beleivers HTTR!

  11. By SMILEY on Sep 12, 2012 | Reply

    We have the greatest QB in the nfl. RG3 is what the team like washington need.

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