The Redskins averaged 25th in the Power Rankings last week after a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings that dropped them down to 3-6 for the season. The good news is that the Redskins did not lose a game or any players over the bye week. That counts as a win in my books. How much did the Redskins rise or fall in the Power Rankings following the bye week?
Washington comes off its bye at 3-6 SU and ATS. Our panel was unimpressed with the Redskins' 29-26 loss at Minnesota in Robert Griffin III's return.
The Redskins may be taking a few steps backwards in order to get RG3 up to par. The defense can create game plans that will pressure opposing QBs, but when they guess wrong, teams move the ball.
23. Washington Post(Greenberg)
Season's just about over for Washington, which hosts the awful Buccaneers after a bye week.
The Redskins are coming off their bye week to host Tampa Bay before heading to San Francisco and Indianapolis. Washington is 2-6 ATS L8 home games.
25. Business Insider
One thing to know: Nothing, they had a bye! They play Tampa Bay in Week 11.
25. AP Poll
Washington was off, yet that didn't stop me from thinking about Jay Gruden's brief tenure. Who knows if the Redskins have improved from last season. That said, fans were hoping Gruden could help develop Robert Griffin III's game -- especially with the offseason additions of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts, and the healthy return of promising young tight end Jordan Reed. That proverbial step forward hasn't happened. RGIII looks like he did in 2013, and nothing like that brilliant rookie edition. On the other hand, look how far Andy Dalton has plummeted withouthis former OC. #byeweekthoughts
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There are plenty of problems with this 3-6 team. The quarterback position gets headlines, but Washington's defense has allowed a 71.7 Total QBR this season, sixth-worst in the league.
DeSean Jackson has 784 yards and is averaging an incredible 21.8 yards per catch despite working with three quarterbacks already. Going into Monday night's game, nobody else in the top 27 in receiving yards was averaging more than 17.6 per catch. He has nine catches of 40 or more yards. Before Monday night, nobody else had more than five.
They come off the bye with a winnable game against the Bucs. Robert Griffin III has to flash down the stretch to show this is his team.
The players claim to have Robert Griffin's back, but the coaching staff is likely looking at the next seven games as a chance to evaluate his long-term future with the team.
The Redskins returned from their bye week with Coach Jay Gruden talking about the team being only a few plays from being 7-2 instead of 3-6. It might be true, and maybe it makes the Redskins feel better about themselves to think that. But that's just how the NFL is. Outcomes of games generally hinge on a few plays here and there, and losing teams like this one consistently fail to make those plays.
26. USA Today
DeSean Jackson suddenly emerging as a leading locker room voice? Is that a good development or not so much?
The Redskins were on bye this past week and face the Buccaneers at home giving them a good chance to pick up their fourth win.
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