And not just better off. Idea blatantly stolen from Chris at Arrowhead Pride. Here's how your Redskins shake up relative to the opposition, per ESPN, CBS Sportsline, and Fox Sports. If you care. ESPN:
At 5-3, do we really know how good this team is or can be? They haven't looked great getting to this record.
It's late enough in the season to start concluding postseason scenarios, so allow me a quick tangent. Nothing that happens in the NFC West is likely to change our playoff potential. St. Louis and San Fransisco are sitting at the bottom of the NFC, and neither Seattle nor Arizona has a winning record, currently, which means neither is a favored contender for a wild card spot. In the West, the postseason depends on winning the division. I think the same is likely true for the NFC South. Only Tampa Bay has a winning record, but they are only one loss north of .500. The East and the North are both primed to produce wild card contenders, though the Eagles, Vikings, and Bears are all in the same kind of trouble at 3-5. All of this can change in a relatively short period of time, so I am by no means counting any of those guys out. What I am saying is that if the Redskins are going to play after the regular season, as of this moment the teams we need to pass are Detroit or New York -- more likely Detroit -- and we're pretty safe from the NFC West and, to a lesser degree, the NFC South (those Saints look resurgent). That's all I'm sayin'. What are you sayin' Peter Schrager:
Also, Peter Schrager manages to capture our win against the Jets, a great football team, so much better than any of the other rankings. We won, on the road, erasing a 14 point deficit created by an unusual special teams touchdown, on the leg of our kicker who now has concurrant ownership of a franchise record, and oh yea Clinton Portis looked like Clinton Portis. Dwell on the positive. Here are my power rankings:
- Peter Schrager - Eloquently described our incredibly gritty, come from behind victory over the New York Jets. Has the most analysis on which to suckle, even if it is still fleeting, and points out a franchise record. Those aren't set every day. He's operating at a very high level. I don't care about the lower rating.
- Mike McAllister - Yea it is tough to tell whether or not the improved running game had more to do with the Jets than the Redskins. You're supposed to tell me the answer to tough football questions, though, Mike.
- Pete Prisco - I'm not among the camp of people who hate Pete Prisco or think he's worthless. I like him. I read these stupid power rankings all the time, meaningless as they may be. Even if we haven't looked "great" reaching 5-3, we've looked "good enough".