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NFL Power Rankings 2018: Week 14 Edition. Mark Sanchez sinks the Redskins lower

Where do the Redskins rank going into Week 14 of the 2018 season?

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The Redskins season is in a death spiral, and we have Mark Sanchez to lead us to our lowest low. Last night’s loss, and Colt McCoy’s broken leg should bring even the most optimistic fan’s expectations way down for the season. The team also lost LG Jonathan Cooper for the season, and we’re still waiting to hear about the rest of the injuries from last night. It’s going to be a rough final four games for the Washington Redskins.

Where should this week’s Washington Redskins team be ranked?

Highest Ranking: W1: 14 W2: 8 W3: 12 W4: 7 W5: 7 W6: 13 W7: 9 W8: 9 W9: 6 W10: 11 W11: 9 W12: 11 W13: 14 W14: 14

Lowest Ranking: W1: 26 W2: 23 W3: 27 W4: 20 W5: 19 W6: 20 W7: 20 W8: 20 W9: 19 W10:20 W11: 21 W12: 23 W13: 25 W14: 32

Average Ranking: W1: 20.5 W2: 15.5 W3: 22.7 W4: 15.1 W5: 14.3 W6: 16.4 W7: 14.3 W8: 11.2 W9: 9.8 W10: 15 W11: 12.3 W12: 15.3 W13: 17.8 W14: 20.8

14. Fansided

The Redskins have had little margin for error this season and it has served them well for the most part. But the team has run into a couple of hot teams in their last two games (Texans and Cowboys) and the loss of quarterback Alex Smith for the remainder of the season understandably looms large. Veteran running back Adrian Peterson has been a pleasant surprise this year, rushing for 758 yards and six scores and leads the club with seven total touchdowns. Meanwhile, the defense has looked better at times as well. But Greg Manusky’s unit has also been embarrassed on occasions, most notably in losses to the Saints (43-19) and Falcons (38-14). Last Week: 14

18. CBS Sports(Prisco)

They are down to their third quarterback in a season full of injuries. It’s on to 2019 now. Last Week: 15

18. ESPN

We’re No. 1 in: Fewest gains of 20 or more yards by receivers. The Redskins’ wideouts had combined for just 11 through 11 games (heading into Monday night’s game), as a result of injuries (Paul Richardson), a lack of speed and a combination of issues at quarterback: inaccuracy, lack of aggressiveness and no trust. The Redskins attempted just 27 throws of 20 or more yards in the air in the first 11 games, tied with New Orleans for third fewest. But the Saints completed 17 of those passes, compared with eight for Washington. And the Redskins lacked the speed to turn short gains into long ones. They must rectify this in the offseason or face another season with few explosive plays. Last Week: 15


Yeesh. Maybe people would notice what bad luck Jay Gruden has absorbed this year if his brother’s Raiders weren’t so cruddy. As it stands, fans see the standings and see the Redskins plummeting. But, boy oh boy, Washington is coming apart at the laces. Alex Smith is gone for the year. So is the QB2. With Colt McCoy’s injury, Gruden’s playoff hopes ride on the right arm (and the, umm, decision making) of Mark Sanchez -- who, you’ll note, will be throwing to a wide receiver corps sans Paul Richardson, behind an offensive line down multiple starters. The most rotten thing about all this for the Redskins? They are still in prime position to take a wild-card spot, with not one future opponent north of .500 right now. Unreal. Last Week: 17

18. Bleacher Report

In Washington, things have gone from bad to worse to you have to be kidding me.

Not that long ago, the Redskins were up two games in the NFC East. Then came a season-ending broken leg for quarterback Alex Smith. Smith was replaced by Colt McCoy, who struggled on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys.

Now McCoy’s season is over as well because of—wait for it—a broken leg.

With McCoy out against the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington was forced to turn to a player who wasn’t even on the team three weeks ago at the NFL’s most important position.

That player is Mark Sanchez, which tells you just about everything you need to know about a game in which Washington had fewer than 40 yards of offense in the second half.

Washington has now lost four of five after a 5-2 start. Dreams of a division championship have been replaced by the waking nightmare that is Sanchez starting the final four games of the season.

Sometimes the NFL can truly be cruel. Last Week: 18

19. Sporting News

So much for the Redskins going into Monday night still looking good with many big-promise NFC teams starting to fall flat. A loss to the Eagles with Mark Sanchez pretty much means they’re done in the East Last Week: 15

19. USA Today

Unwise to entrust too much hope with Mark Sanchez under best of circumstances. Best thing he can provide now is needed continuity under center. Last Week: 15

19. The Score

Well, at least NFL fans were gifted with a Mark Sanchez appearance on Monday Night Football. Last Week: 16


From first place to third-string quarterback in the matter of a month. This team could finish 6-10 and in last place. Last Week: 16

19. NESN

The ‘Skins lost Colt McCoy to a broken leg and lost the game to the Eagles. Fat lady should be singing any second. Last Week: 18

19. Sports Illustrated

Last Week: 18

20. Bleeding Green Nation

Things aren’t looking so good with Mark Sanchez being their starter for the rest of 2018. Last Week: 19

20. Chicago Tribune

They are clinging to the sixth spot in the NFC, but how long do they stay there with Colt McCoy at quarterback? He was bad on Thanksgiving in Dallas. Last Week: 18

20. Athlon Sports

If Bruce Allen is going to take the PR hit for Reuben Foster, what does he have to lose by picking up Colin Kaepernick to play QB after seeing Colt McCoy injured? It would never happen with Allen in charge and Dan Snyder owning the team, but it would at least be a move that would keep Washington fans interested in this team as their division hopes fade away. Last Week: 22

21. Washington Post

The injury to Colt McCoy following the injury to Alex Smith has left the Redskins in desperation mode at quarterback, with Mark Sanchez the latest to be ascend to QB1 in Washington. Really. The Redskins made it more interesting than it probably should have been Monday night in Philadelphia, and the 90-yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson was remarkable. But there’s just no way to hold things together with the offense this decimated. Last Week: 19

22. Yahoo Sports(Schwab)

On Nov. 18, Mark Sanchez was a free agent, out of football all year. He signed with Washington the next day, after Alex Smith’s injury. Two weeks later, Sanchez became Washington’s starter when Colt McCoy broke his leg. It’s hard to see the Redskins winning another game. Last Week: 15

24. NumberFire

Last Week: 19

24. OddsShark

Last Week: 25


Winning 41 Percent of Neutral Field Simulations PROJECTED RECORD: 8-8

They make the playoffs in 24% of simulations. Their chances are down from 81% back on 11/11. Their power ranking is down 9 spots since 10/29. They are not as good as their projected win-loss record would indicate. Their rank based on projected wins is #19. Last Week: 24

29. Walter Football

Mark Sanchez is back! Mark Sanchez is back! Mark Sanchez is back! Yay yay yay! I can’t wait to make money betting against him!

Oh, and...

R.I.P. 2018 Redskins Last Week: 23

32. SB Nation

Washington is the worst team and will always be the worst team, whatever the record is. Last Week: 14


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