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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