This week, in ambiguous standards of ranking NFL teams, the Redskins are climbing once again. Most sites had the Redskins making a huge leap last week, but they continue to trend upward after a 2-0 start.
It’s hard to ignore one of only seven undefeated teams left in the NFL after two weeks.
CBSSports.com gave the Redskins No. 13, up from 14:
FoxSports.com gave the Redskins No. 15, the same as last week:
NBC/ProFootballTalk.com gave the Redskins No. 16, up from 20:
ESPN.com gave the Redskins No. 15, up from 19:
NFC East blogger for ESPN.com, Dan Graziano, had commentary to go along with the rise:
That’s a 13-spot jump in two weeks from a team that began the season ranked 28th on this list. Only the Bills (11 spots), Titans (eight spots) and Texans (five spots) made bigger jumps this week than did the Redskins, who vault into the top half of the list. Based on the way they’ve played so far, they’ve earned the spot, and clearly they never belonged down at 28 in the first place (as at least one astute and ruggedly handsome blogger said at the time). You could even make the case to rank them ahead of San Diego, Dallas or Tampa Bay — the three teams directly ahead of them — based only on the way they’ve played so far. But I think it’s fair to put them where they are right now until we see more. If they’re 3-0 this time next week, I expect another big jump, not to mention a lot of Rex Grossman feature stories in national publications.
Obviously the team made the biggest jump on ESPN and NBC/Profootballtalk.com, who both reserved skepticism after Week 1. Now the general consensus seems to have the Redskins at about the middle of the pack for the league, which is more indicative of the nature of trends than the level of talent on this team. Week 3 holds another big test on a national stage in Dallas, on Monday Night Football.
Although the team is only 2-0, they have already met the season-high expectations of Sporting News Magazine. Should the Redskins begin a catastrophic nosedive in the final 14 weeks, they might still achieve the anticipated 2-14 mark. But regardless of any of that, this is a start hot enough to melt the haters.
At least for now.