Exactly seven months ago the Washington Redskins were fresh off back-to-back thrilling victories over the Philadelphia Eagles (31-6) and Dallas Cowboys (38-31) and were preparing for a Monday Night Football showdown with their next division rival—the then defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
A victory over the Giants would pull the Redskins to .500 and straight back into playoff discussions despite being practically written off at 3-6.
Of course the Burgundy and Gold would end up beating the Giants 17-16 in one of the most memorable games at FedExField in years. A win over the Giants, however, was just another necessary step towards reaching the goal of the first NFC East title in the Nation’s Capital in 13 years.
With said goal now in the hand, the Redskins are sitting atop the NFC East once again in their quest to win consecutive titles for the first time since 1983-1984. A far cry from where the rankings had Washington this time last year.
Rounding out the top-10 of Elliot Harrison’s newest power rankings are the Redskins.
While the status of quarterback Robert Griffin III for Week 1’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Eagles is still unknown, Harrison likes what he’s seen during the offseason from the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
He’s just getting ready for beach season, Elliot.
Anyway, just like they were after Week 17, the rest of the division is looking up to the Washington Redskins.
First up are those same Cowboys who lost at FedExField during the do-or-die Week 17 matchup.
Next, is the team that dropped more than any from the last rankings—the Giants.
Rounding out the division is the Eagles, who Harrision currently has as the third worst team in the NFC.
While the Redskins are currently slotted as the top team in the NFC East, their road towards winning Super Bowl XLVIII won’t be easy. Teams ranked two through five are all on the schedule.
A little bit of competition never hurts.
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