Redskins drop a bit in latest NFL Power Rankings for Week 13

Redskins NFL Power RankingsOur Redskins NFL Power Rankings table has been updated.  You can link to 30 different NFL Power Rankings all in one spot, right here.

The Redskins did have an average drop this week, following the Thanksgiving 30-26 loss tot he Dallas Cowboys.  Of all the Power Polls, the best Redskins ranking comes from Walter Football, who has the Redskins ranked 6th overall, down 1 spot from last week.  The worst ranking comes from Pro Football Weekly, Bleacher Report, and Athlon Sports, who have ranked the Redskins at 13th overall.  When we average the 30 NFL Power Rankings together, the Redskins have an average rank of 10.46, which is a +-1.51 slip from last week’s average.

Here are some of the comments from some of the Redskins NFL Power Rankings.

From NFL.com

The offense moved the ball at will against the Cowboys. Kirk Cousins looked incredible, enough for owner Daniel Snyder to dance his way to one of those “need cash now” joints. And Washington became only the fifth team since 1950 to post 500 yards of offense with no turnovers and lose. It’s tough being in the NFC East these days. Don’t kid yourself, though: Cousins is the real deal.

From Yahoo Sports

I guess now the refrain is that Kirk Cousins hasn’t proven it against a good defense. He is second in the NFL with 3,540 yards and has a 101.4 rating. At some point, we all just need to admit he’s pretty good.

From NFL Spinzone

What was good for Washington in this one was seeing that explosive passing game. Quarterback Kirk Cousins went off for 449 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver DeSean Jackson had 118 yards and a score and tight end Jordan Reed had 95 yards and two touchdowns. If these guys could ever put it all together for 60 minutes, they would be able to beat anyone.

From Rick Gosselin

Kirk Cousins gambled on himself in accepting the one-year franchise tender from the Redskins and it looks like he’ll cash in this offseason. His arm has delivered Washington the NFL’s second-best passing attack.

From SI.com

Washington is 3–1 this season when its offense has been held to fewer than 400 yards, but 1-1-1 when it tops 500. Go figure. Regardless, it’s clear the offense is dangerous—Kirk Cousins set a franchise record with 285 yards-per-game passing in 201; he’s at 321.8 through 11 games this year.

The Redskins still control their own fate for the final wild card slot in the NFC East.  They have two very winnable games the next two weeks, in Arizona and then home against Philadelphia.   To get to the playoffs, the Redskins must find consistency on the defense.  Everyone sees the offensive juggernaut that GM Scot McCloughan has built in Washington.  He will likely focus on the defense this off-season.  For those of you skeptical on McCloughan, remember, he told you as a fan that it is a four year rebuild project. This team can score with any team.  Question becomes, can they defense slow opposing teams enough for the Redskins to out score their opponents?

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