Following a players-only meeting last week, the Redskins responded by posting their best offensive performance since September, in a game that required extra time to decide. For some prognosticators, that was enough for the Redskins to stay put on their weekly power rankings.
For some, it was actually enough to rise up the list.
And for others, it was a short slip towards the bottom of the barrel.
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CBSSports.com gave the Redskins No. 26, dropping from No. 22 last week:
FoxSports.com elevated the Redskins to No. 24, up from No. 28 last week:
NBC/Profootballtalk.com unsurprisingly dropped the Redskins to No. 30, down from last week’s No. 29:
ESPN.com held the Redskins at No. 26, same as last week’s No. 26:
NFC East blogger for ESPN.com, Dan Graziano, who has been complimentary of the Redskins performance against the Cowboys, agreed with the Redskins’ placement on the ESPN list. Indeed, if they can’t handle the Seahawks this weekend, it’s a short drop to the bottom of the pile:
The Skins’ overtime loss to Dallas was the best game they’ve played in a month and a half, but it was still a loss, and they’re 3-7 and hanging out with the bottom-feeders. It’s hard to make a convincing argument to move them up. I mean, the Dolphins are one spot ahead of them and beat them head to head. I guess they get a chance to shake out of things this week with a trip to No. 23 Seattle, but if they lose that one, the bottom of the poll is going to start coming up on them pretty quickly here.
The Redskins are currently in the middle of their worst streak since 1998, when they opened the season at 0-7. Looking down the stretch of the 2011 season, the odds get tougher every week, making this Sunday a big game. But with a short week of practice and a long flight ahead of them, it certainly won’t be easy.