It's that time of the year again. Time for the people who get paid, or think they should get paid, to talk about football to make their power rankings for all 32 teams in the NFL. The Washington Redskins are coming off of a 3-13 season, have a new head coach, and their franchise QB was benched for the final 3 games of the season. If you're coming into this article looking for your daily dose of Kool-Aid, there is a Six Pack waiting for you a few articles down the line.
The highest ranking I was able to find(excluding Ken and iH8's consensus #1 overall ranking) was #21 from Newsday, and the lowest was all the way down at #31 from betting site Oddshark. The Redskins finished the season at #31 last season, and I think everyone expects them to finish higher than that this year. The realistic predictions will put the team in the 7-9 to 9-7 range which would be a 4-6 game improvement over last seasons record. The key to all of it is RGIII and Jay Gruden making the Redskins offense a game changer. If the defense and special teams are even marginally improved that kind of improvement is easily attainable.
I don't do power rankings because I just don't, but I will gladly listen to everyone else complain about these rankings. So let them have it!
If there are legitimate questions about whether RGIII or Kirk Cousins is best suited to run Jay Gruden's offense, then there are legitimate questions about this team.
I talked with RG3 and Pierre Garcon recently and I like what I heard about their focus and direction this season. The preseason results haven't indicated that the offense, especially the passing game, is ready for a push in the NFC east. The defense has its issues to solve but the Skins could join the Bucs and Rams as a surprise team.
25. Washington Post
The Redskins took a huge step back last season and head into Houston riding an eight-game losing streak while covering just two of those. Jay Gruden looks to turn it around fast but the Redskins are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
26. Fox Sports
26. Walter Football
I still believe Robert Griffin III will have a very good year.