October 21, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan reacts on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

How powerful are the Redskins?

Week after week there are weak power rankings released by several different sources. I understand that predicting the outcome for 32 teams without knowledge of injuries or whether star players will play as expected is tough, but some of the inconsistency I have seen has been unbearable. The power ranking that I have followed the most has been the Pro 32 AP rankings. I like that it operates on a consistent point system similar to that of the NCAA which flusters the rankings a bit when upsets occur and places teams with winning records near the bottom if their wins aren’t impressive enough.

The AP ranking lists the Redskins #13 out of 32 teams, #8 out of the NFC teams, #2 in the NFC East. With the Redskins sitting at 3-4 and currently at the bottom of the NFC East, people may wonder how this conclusion was drawn. I’ll break it down for you. Of the Redskins four losses, there was only one double digit loss (Vikings 38-26). So for that reason let’s say that the Redskins could very easily have been sitting at 6-1 at this point. Every single game has come down to thrilling, competitive 4th quarter play in which Washington has come up on the short end of the stick. It appears that the voters are giving respect to the fact that it is just a matter of time when Washington pulls out some of these late game battles and translate them into some wins. According to the current rankings, the Redskins are projected to finish the season 6-3, which would give them a 9-7 overall record. This is a very obtainable goal and only one game off my 10-6 prediction. The only problem is that 9-7 may not be good enough to grant Washington a playoff spot in the NFC.

As a fan and a player, anything short of a championship is a failure. I believe that even with the defensive woes, Washington has a fighting chance to seriously contend for a strong playoff run. You have to remember that just because the best teams are in the playoffs, that doesn’t mean that you have to face them. The top seeds can be eliminated before we even reach them. It happens all the time. As dedicated members of Redskins Nation:

•Do you agree with the Redskins Current place in the power rankings?

•Would a 9-7 finish with no playoffs be acceptable since its a .500+ finish?

•Do you think the Redskins can contend for a Super Bowl this year?

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  • Brian

    Listen I love the Redskins, but no, they don’t belong that high in the power rankings. Yes, I understand the logic in terms of the teams they lost to (prior to the Steelers loss) were by very little. However, they also play to lose – what I mean by that – no matter how much of a lead they get, you can’t count on the opposing team coming back. This has plagued this team since day 1 of Shanahan.

    They ALWAYS play “different” when they get the lead, and it ALWAYS fails. It’s just unbelievable why they do this.

    And they simply don’t have a 2 minute drill. I think every single other team in the NFL, down to the Steelers like they were in the 4th Q, would have gone into 2 minute. The announcers were openly questioning what was going on, and rightfully so. Why didn’t the Redskins go 2 minute? Why did they continue to bleed the playclock down to 5 seconds each snap when they were down so much?

    It’s Shanahan. Go back to the McNabb/Grossman controversy when he put in Grossman at the last minute down by a score. Utterly insane decision. Shanny just doesn’t like the 2 minute drill, for reasons unknown. Elite teams, with elite QB’s, ALL would have gone 2 minute in the Steelers situation.

    We will never compete for a SuperBowl, much less make a run in the playoffs, until some coaching changes are made.

    • Brian

      Correction: no matter how much of a lead they get, you CAN count on the opposing team coming back.