Not a bad spot for a team that began the season ranked 28th in this poll. Now, when the Giants were here last week, I expressed some mild skepticism about their ability to hold the spot. I feel somewhat the same about Washington, though not as strongly. They run the ball better than the Giants do, and they play better defense. Their offense is intentionally vanilla, but they've committed the fewest penalties in the league and are second in the league in average time of possession. Basically, if everyone around them keeps being so wildly inconsistent, I like the Redskins' chances to stay steady and take advantage of that.
Here are the nine teams ranked ahead of the Redskins on the list:
Unsurprisingly, the Washington Redskins held steady in CBS Sports' Week 6 NFL Power Rankings. While some other sites have moved the Redskins around after their bye week, CBS' Pete Prisco has left the Redskins at No. 8, which is where he had them last week. Here's Prisco's blurb on the Redskins:
They come off the bye looking down at the rest of the NFC East. Who would have imagined that?
Prisco, of course, is referring to the losses by the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles last week. The loss by the Giants to the Seattle Seahawks moved the Redskins into sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Prisco dropped the Giants one spot to No. 11 and the Eagles one spot to No. 21. The Dallas Cowboys remained at No. 12 after also being on a bye.
Coming off a bye week, there's little reason why the Washington Redskins ought to have moved much in either direction in anyone's power rankings. Former coach and current FOX sports analyst Brian Billick seems to agree, as he keeps the Redskins at No. 10 in his NFL power rankings. He previews Washington's forthcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles, an NFC East division rival:
Coming off a bye week, the Redskins have a chance to put a stake in the heart of the Eagles and keep themselves atop the NFC East. The Eagles will test the newfound strength of the Redskins defense, but the 'Skins likely will find success in the running game against a struggling Philly defense.
Indeed, the 3-1 Redskins stand alone atop the division, with Philadelphia stuck in last place at 1-4. Further, the Eagles have lost four straight games, their longest losing streak since coach Andy Reid took over in 1999.
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