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NFL Power Rankings 2019, Week 5: Are the Redskins the worst team in the league?

Where do the Redskins rank going into Week 5 of the 2019 season?

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NFL Washington Redskins at New York Giants Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images

If the season ended today the Redskins would hold the #1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Yay? The Giants beat them by 3 touchdowns in New Jersey. The Redskins already took their new toy out of the box too early and his value has tanked. Have they bottomed out yet? No, there is still a blowout home loss to the Patriots this week and then the true litmus test of suckitude, the Miami Dolphins. It’s gonna be a fun ride.

Highest Ranking: 26

Lowest Ranking: 31

Average Ranking: 30.3

26. Vegas Insider

Last Week: 26

28. Houston Chronicle(McClain)

Jay Gruden could be the first coach fired. Washington is coming off a loss to the Giants and returns home against the Patriots. Last Week: 28

29. Bleacher Report

After three straight losses to open the 2019 season, fans in the nation’s capital clamored last week for rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins to play—especially after Daniel Jones led the New York Giants to a victory in his first NFL start.

Well, those fans got their wish in Week 4—after Case Keenum struggled badly in the first half against the Giants, Haskins saw the first game action of his pro career.

It was a disaster.

Granted, Haskins had little in the way of passing game weaponry and Washington’s line play isn’t good. But he barely completed over half of his 17 attempts and threw three picks—one of which was returned for a touchdown.

The Redskins have lost four straight to open the season, and every loss has been by a larger margin than the defeat that came before it.

”It’s only a matter of time before Washington implodes,” Sobleski said. “The team is already well on its way to a winless Week 6 showdown with the hapless Miami Dolphins—everyone can safely assume Washington will lose to New England next week, while the Dolphins are on their bye week. Dwayne Haskins clearly wasn’t ready to start. The coaching staff said so publicly and then played him anyway. Head coach Jay Gruden’s hot seat no longer exists because it’s burnt to a crisp. Yeah, owner Daniel Snyder won’t tolerate a lost season much longer.” Last Week: 26

30. CBS Sports (Prisco)

The fans got their wish to see Dwayne Haskins. Was it what they thought? It wasn’t pretty. Who gets thrown to the wolves this week against the Patriots at quarterback? Last Week: 30

30. Bleeding Green Nation

Washington couldn’t have looked more lifeless in Week 4. Dwayne Haskins doesn’t look ready to play and Jay Gruden is a dead man walking. Last Week: 30

30. Sporting News

Jay Gruden was forced into a quarterback switch to Dwayne Haskins. He probably won’t be the coach who will see through the struggling rookie’s development in Year 2. Last Week: 30

30. Chicago Tribune

Jay Gruden finally called on rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, bringing the first-round pick off the bench to replace Case Keenum against the Giants, and it was a disaster. Haskins was intercepted three times and looked overwhelmed — like a rookie who was not ready for the moment. It’s going to be a mighty long season in Washington, and things don’t get easier this week with the Patriots coming to town. Does Haskins stay in the role? Does Gruden return to Keenum? Is Colt McCoy finally healed from his leg injury? Sorry, there isn’t a fourth option to consider. Last Week: 30

30. Walter Football

Why did the Redskins start Case Keenum in Week 4? Seriously, what a dumb decision. Keenum was in a walking boot on Wednesday, and he clearly wasn’t healthy. With that in mind, why not prepare Dwayne Haskins to start? This sort of incompetent coaching is why Jacob Camenker is going to win his prop on Jay Gruden being the first head coach fired this season. Last Week: 30

30. NumberFire

Last Week: 28

30. Associated Press

Last Week: 29

31. The Big Lead

Dwayne Haskins was finally thrown to the wolves, and it went poorly. After starting the year relatively competitive, everything is falling apart. Last Week: 26

31. Scout

They are projected to win 4 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 6. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #15 in the NFC. Their playoff chances are under 1%. At 0-4 they are obviously short of expectations. Based on the money lines, the Redskins had an expected win percentage of 30%. Week: 26

31. Washington Post

It didn’t make much sense to fire Jay Gruden this week, since an interim coach would have had to face the Patriots in his first game. But the Redskins face the Dolphins after the Patriots, so making the change next week could be in play if things go as expected this weekend. Last Week: 29

31. The Athletic

In the name of transparency, I, Lindsay Jones, ranked Washington last on my ballot. I had initially put them at 31 after that really ugly, lopsided loss to the New York Giants.

And how could I put anyone but Washington last after that sort of anecdotal evidence of how much the fanbase has checked out, even with first-round pick Dwayne Haskins taking his first snaps? Last Week: 29

31. The MMQB

Go back to an ineffective Case Keenum, or throw rookie Dwayne Haskins to the wolves? As The MMQB’s Conor Orr notes, there are no good QB answers for Jay Gruden. Last Week: 29

31. ESPN

How to increase their playoff chances: For those who believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, here’s what the Redskins need to do: Quit underachieving defensively, start hitting open throws, reduce the penalties and stay healthy. Quarterback Case Keenum failed and rookie Dwayne Haskins isn’t ready, so their hope would lie with Colt McCoy returning and then playing at a higher level than he has ever reached. And they must win a few games over the next five weeks before getting running back Derrius Guice back from injury. The Redskins started 0-5 in 2001 and won eight of their next 11, and they did so in 1981 as well. It might be one in a million, but yes, we’re saying there’s a chance. -- John Keim Last Week: 29


With Case Keenum unable to move the Redskins on offense, one could imagine coach Jay Gruden felt he had no choice but to insert rookie Dwayne Haskins into the lineup during Sunday’s loss to the Giants. Gruden was looking for a spark -- in that game, in this season -- but unfortunately, Haskins (three interceptions) was not up to the challenge at the Meadowlands. Should we expect better results for the undercooked first-round pick against the Patriots’ gnarly defense? Not bloody likely. On Monday, Gruden left the door open for Colt McCoy or Keenum to make the start under center against New England, a decision that’s probably best for all parties involved. The Redskins will be trying to win that game, but they’ll probably settle for not getting embarrassed. Yep, the bar has been lowered in D.C. Last Week: 30

31. Yahoo(Schwab)

I’m surprised that Jay Gruden wasn’t fired on Monday. If he starts Colt McCoy this week for Sunday’s game vs. the Patriots, it shouldn’t be too much longer. There’s no reason for an 0-4 team to start McCoy over rookie Dwayne Haskins unless Haskins is absolutely not ready to play. And if he’s that unprepared to play, that reflects poorly on the coaches too. Last Week: 30

31. Athlon Sports

After firm insistence from the top that he wouldn’t play, it sure didn’t take long in that lowly loss to the Giants for the Redskins to pull the plug on Case Keenum and insert rookie Dwayne Haskins. The former Buckeye looked like he hadn’t practiced at all, which was not only probably true but a further indication that Jay Gruden is the odds-on favorite to be the first head coach fired. Last Week: 31

31. Detroit Free Press

Buzz: This season’s already lost, Washington might as well just let Dwayne Haskins play. Last Week: 30

31. USA Today

You guys really couldn’t hang on for just another two weeks to give rookie QB Dwayne Haskins a soft launch against Miami? Last Week: 31

31. Business Insider

One thing to know: It appears Jay Gruden’s seat is growing warmer. Washington is 0-4 and now has a quarterback quandary — Case Keenum has been ineffective and exited Sunday’s game in a walking boot, Dwayne Haskins didn’t look ready in Week 4, and Colt McCoy is still recovering from injury. Last Week: 29


It’s probably a matter of when (not if) for Jay Gruden’s firing. Last Week: 31

31. New York Post

Last Week: 27


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