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Redskins Week 8: Power Rankings From Around the Web

What effects did Sunday's win have on the Redskins Power Ranking this week?

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The Redskins finally broke their losing streak and got a last second win over the 2-4 Tennessee Titans.  The victory was nice but it also cost the team one of their top players on defense, and the confidence of their starting QB.  The Redskins are now hoping that Robert Griffin III wows them tomorrow and returns to the lineup on Monday night to face the Cowboys in Dallas.  If not, their 3rd string QB will be starting his first game in years.  So did the win move them up in the power rankings, or has the loss of Orakpo and demotion of Cousins kept them in the bottom 5?

21. Numberfire

24. CBSSports(Kirwan)

The big question is will RG3 make a difference when he comes back. Kirk Cousins was benched last week and Colt McCoy made a difference.

24. Washington Post(Greenberg)

25. Washington Post(Maske)

Colt McCoy? Really? If McCoy does turn out to be the best QB on the Redskins' roster, that will be quite an indictment indeed of the development of Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. But winning is far better than losing, even if it's only over the woeful Titans. The Redskins' other triumph this season was over the Jaguars, so these are not exactly signature victories. Still, it's finally something to try to build on as Griffin perhaps nears his return. The loss of LB Brian Orakpo to a torn pectoral muscle shouldn't matter much, given his lack of production after the Redskins used their franchise player tag on him in the offseason.

25. ESPN Vegas(IN$IDER)

The Redskins beat the Titans 19-17 but didn't cover as a 6-point home favorite, and in fact have failed to cover four straight. Now it looks like they're going with Colt McCoy at QB.


I want to hear from any Redskins fans who foresaw Colt McCoy doing that Sunday (find me, as always, @HarrisonNFL). You can talk about Peyton Manning's record, DeMarco Murray's billion-yard pace or the Rams reinventing the punt return, but the old Colt going 11 for 12 and delivering a win? No way, man. Biggest surprise of Week 7.

26. ESPN

Colt McCoy will get his first start with the Redskins. But Brian Orakpo may have played his last snap with the team.

26. Business Insider

One thing to know: The Kirk Cousins era is over.

26. SBNation

26. Overthecap


Washington travels to Dallas after snapping a four-game skid and are double-digit divisional underdogs for the first time since 2009. They are 2-7 ATS L9 road games.

27. AP Poll

27. CBSSports(Prisco)

So much for the Kirk Cousins era. They can't get Robert Griffin III back soon enough.

27. CSNWashington

Kirk Cousins turned the ball over twice in the first half before being booed off the field and benched in favor of Colt McCoy. McCoy came up big for the Redskins, completing 11 of 12 for 128 yards and a touchdown. Washington also lost Brian Orakpo for the rest of the season to yet another torn pectoral muscle. Next up: Dallas Cowboys.

27. USA Today

Depth chart getting a workout with Colt McCoy leapfrogging Kirk Cousins and rookie OLB Trent Murphy taking over for injured Brian Orakpo.

27. Fanspeak

The Redskins broke their 4 game losing streak and improved to 2-5, but they still have a ways to go.Robert Griffin III still is likely out for one or two more weeks and the injuries continue to mount for the Redskins as they lost ROLB Brian Orakpo for the season. The Redskins turned to Colt McCoy to be their starter until Griffin comes back and he should be under center as the Redskins head to Dallas for MNF. The Redskins running game remains a serious question mark and something that needs fixed if the Redskins want to string some wins together.

28. FoxSports

The Colt McCoy era in Washington has officially begun -- at least for one week. Kirk Cousins has been benched, but Robert Griffin III's return looms on the horizon. Losing Brian Orakpo to another season-ending injury makes matters much worse.

28. Yahoo

Jay Gruden didn't come out and say it, but by tabbing McCoy to start next week if Robert Griffin III isn't ready, he effectively said the team no longer thinks Kirk Cousins can be an effective NFL starting quarterback. You wouldn't bench him for McCoy if you did. Maybe Cousins gets a chance to change that perception, but that's where we are now.

Average: 26