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NFL Power Rankings 2018: Week 3 Edition. No one likes a loser

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Where do the Redskins rank going into Week 1 of the 2018 season?

Indianapolis Colts v Washington Redskins Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Redskins were a complete disaster in their 21-9 loss to the Colts on Sunday. They dominated the Cardinals in Week 1 and got a lot of goodwill from the skeptical Power Ranking community. All that went away when they failed to even score a touchdown against Indy. The running game was non-existent with Jamison Crowder as the leading rusher on the day. The defense had their moments, but Andrew Luck was able to hit T.Y. Hilton for big gains too many times.

The Redskins host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers next week and will need to be better in all phases of the game to not be embarrassed at home in front of a half empty stadium for the second week in a row.

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

Highest Ranking: W1: 14 W2: 8 W3: 12

Lowest Ranking: W1: 26 W2: 23 W3: 27

Average Ranking: W1: 20.5 W2: 15.5 W3: 22.7

12. NumberFire

Last Week: 11

16. OddsShark

Last Week: 14

16. Walter Football

Last Week: 15

19. CBS Sports(Prisco)

What happened to the offense against the Colts? The running game disappeared. Last Week: 15

21. ESPN

The Redskins are averaging a league-best 35:44 in time of possession and are fourth in first downs per game at 25.0. Last season, the Redskins averaged 29:44 in time of possession and 17.4 first downs per game. Last Week: 14

21. Fansided

You can’t lose to the Colts at home while scoring nine points. Can’t happen. Last Week: 15

21. NESN

Redskins nation was on cloud nine after an 18-point win on the road in Week 1. Losing by 12 to the Colts at home is a swift way to come back to earth. Last Week: 15

22. The Score

Washington’s offense putting up a big, fat zero against one of the weaker defenses in the league was a major red flag. A date with the Packers should tell us if the Redskins are a legit playoff contender. Last Week: 14

22. NJ.com

Who are the real Redskins: a team that can win decisively on the road or the one that got manhandled at home? Last Week: 16

22. Bleacher Report

In Week 1, the Washington Redskins looked like gangbusters in dismantling the Arizona Cardinals on the road.

In Week 2, Washington was at home—and it was the one being dismantled.

If there are positives to the Redskins’ 21-9 setback against Indianapolis, we can’t find them. Quarterback Alex Smith was shut out of the end zone. Tailback Adrian Peterson was shut out altogether—after a big Week 1, Peterson averaged all of 1.8 yards a carry against a porous Colts defense.

Mind you, this loss wasn’t a matter of Washington’s opponent playing lights-out football—the Colts were sloppy on as many drives as not Sunday.

The Redskins were just sloppier, on both sides of the ball. Any momentum the team had in the desert is gone now, and with the Packers coming to town next week, things aren’t going to get any easier. Last Week: 18

23. Houston Chronicle

A road victory over Arizona and a home loss to Indianapolis. They could get obliterated at FedEx Field by Green Bay. Last Week: 10

23. Bleeding Green Nation

After looking real good in Week 1, Washington looked real bad in Week 2. Losing to the Colts by 12 points at home isn’t a good look. Washington’s running backs combined for 22 rushing yards on 16 carries against Indy’s defense. Yikes Last Week: 12

23. Sports Illustrated

Last Week: 18

24. USA Today

Blew chance to take control of NFC East. But few Washingtonians witnessed it as 50-year sellout streak ended with 30% of seats empty. Last Week: 8

24. Washington Post

The Redskins did nothing against the Colts and squandered a great chance for a 2-0 start. The schedule toughens from here. The issue for RB Adrian Peterson at this stage of his career isn’t whether he can have a productive game here and there running the ball. It’s whether he can follow one big game with another and still be a consistent centerpiece runner. Last Week: 14

24. NFL.com(Harrison)

One week after slamming the door on the Cardinals, the Redskins got short-tossed to death at home. The same aggressive defense that wouldn’t let the Arizona offense breathe watched Andrew Luck meticulously touch-pass his way to converting third downs (when he wasn’t throwing his two interceptions). The 21-9 drubbing by the Colts was easily the most surprising outcome of Week 2, at least after what we saw on opening weekend. Even more shocking: The movement Indy’s offensive line got on Washington’s front. Last Week: 17

24. SB Nation

Last Week: 16

24. Yahoo Sports(Schwab)

The Redskins signed Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman, which leads me to believe they need to update their scouting reports. Maybe they haven’t seen either receiver since college. It’s understandable why the Redskins would shake things up after Week 2 because their offensive performance against the Colts was truly bad. Last Week: 20

25. Sporting News

Just when you wanted to believe in the new-look defense and Alex Smith operating the offense at a more efficient level, they revert to a home clunker. It’s hard to know who the real Redskins are at the moment. Last Week: 19

25. Pro Football Weekly

All the positives from Week 1 were wiped out. Last Week: 23

27. Athlon Sports

Big step back from the Washington offensive line against a mediocre defense and the running game and Alex Smith both faltered as a result. That was ugly and probably much more in line with what D.C. fans were expecting from this group in 2018. Last Week: 22

Poll

Where should the Redskins rank this week?

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  • 3%
    Top 8
    (13 votes)
  • 9%
    9-16
    (39 votes)
  • 55%
    17-24
    (233 votes)
  • 32%
    Bottom 8
    (137 votes)
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