How does a team make the jump in the relatively fickle world of NFL weekly power rankings? Win. Win close games, win big games, win games you’re supposed to win, and win upsets. As Raiders owner Al Davis famously said, “Just win, baby.”
That’s what the Redskins did, and they’re (in cases, begrudgingly) trending upward on expert’s lists. Here’s the Week 5 rundown:
CBSSports.com gave the Redskins at No. 8, up from 13 last week:
FoxSports.com gave the Redskins No. 10, up from 13 last week:
NBC/ProFootballTalk.com begrudgingly gave the Redskins No. 17, up from 18 last week:
ESPN.com gave the Redskins No. 12, up from 16 last week:
NFC East blogger for ESPN.com, Dan Graziano, had some thoughts on the slow, but steady rise up the list:
Another nice jump for the Redskins as they head into their bye. Washington’s rankings so far this year have been 28, 19, 15, 16 and now 12. So they and the ninth-ranked Buffalo Bills are the cool surprise teams of the league so far this year. I think 12 seems a little bit high for the Redskins, and I don’t think in the long run they turn out to be better than the teams ranked right behind them, which are the Steelers and the Jets. And I can’t write that Manning is a good bet to throw more interceptions the rest of the way and then ignore Rex Grossman, who’s already started. But the Redskins seem to have a running game/defense formula that should keep them around this middle of the pack the rest of the year, even if they do slip a little bit once they’re done playing NFC West teams.
The Redskins have risen from the bottom of some lists, into the top 10-15 of most lists. They have accomplished this through consistent play and a delightful 3-1 record, cruising into the bye week. Next up: the Philadelphia Eagles.