The Washington Redskins have dropped two consecutive games and three of their past four after losing on the road to the Carolina Panthers, 33-20. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that Mike Shanahan's squad is losing its luster in the eyes of fans and scribes. The Redskins dropped down every media outlets' Week 8 Power Rankings, including CBS's, compiled each week by Pete Prisco. Last week the Redskins dropped down to 14 after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. The road loss to the Panthers dropped them even further down the board. Let's take a look how far.
Last Week: 14
Comment: It made little difference to start John Beck. The quarterback issues will plague this team all season.
It's hard to dispute Pete Prisco's short but to-the-point explanation of Washington's primary flaw. The NFL is a quarterback's league, and quite simply, it's hard to survive without either solid play from your signal caller or an elite defense to pick up the slack. The Redskins are definitely trending in the right direction in terms of building a championship caliber defense. But the unit is not good enough yet to carry the team to victory on a consistent basis.
The Redskins look to get back on track in Week 8 when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills.
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Two straight losses, shaky quarterback play and a couple of significant injuries have the Redskins slipping in the rankings.
The Redskins remain ahead of two other 3-3 teams: the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 21) and the Cleveland Browns (No. 24). The Carolina Panthers, who beat the Redskins last week, are No. 23. The Buffalo Bills, who will face the Redskins this week, are all the way up at No. 7, a three-spot rise from last week that took place even though the Bills were on a bye.
Sunday, the Washington Redskins fell to the Carolina Panthers, 33-20, to drop to 3-3. That's bad news in the short term, but the long-term outlook isn't any better. Leading rusher Tim Hightower's season-ending ACL tear, coupled with the broken left hand which will rule top wide receiver Santana Moss out for at least five weeks, can only worsen an already mediocre offense. Thus, former Baltimore Ravens coach and current FOX Sports analysts Brian Billick saw fit to drop Washington two spots in his NFL Power Rankings, to No. 21 overall. His comments:
Not sure that it matters whether John Beck or Rex Grossman is the QB right now. Tight end Fred Davis continues to be a factor in the passing game, but the Redskins have to run the ball to win and they have not done that the past two games. Defense was a little disappointing against the Panthers.
Davis leads all Redskins in receiving yards and will have to assume a larger offensive role due to Moss' injury and Washington's dearth of talent at wide receiver.
Incidentally, Billick ranks the Redskins lower than every other team in the NFC East. In addition to ranking higher than Washington, the New York Giants (No. 12), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 17), and Dallas Cowboys (No. 18) either improved or stayed the same this week. The Redskins are trending down, but the rest of the division is trending up.
The Washington Redskins will be falling on most Week 8 NFL Power Rankings lists, but they probably won't drop as far as they did in Pro Football Talk's rankings. The popular NFL news site has the Redskins all the way down at No. 22, a five-spot drop from last week. There's even an Andrew Luck reference in the blurb.
22. Redskins (No. 17; 3-3): At this rate, the Redskins won’t have to trade up very far to get Andrew Luck.
Well, that's a pretty troll-worthy sentence. More troll-worthy: the Carolina Panthers, who beat the Redskins on Sunday to move to 2-5 on the season, are ranked three spots higher at No. 19. May I remind you all that the Panthers are 2-5 this year. Also, the Kansas City Chiefs, who got blown out in the first three weeks, and the Philadelphia Eagles, who are 2-4, are ranked higher than the Redskins.
The Washington Redskins have now lost two straight games and three of their last four. After their fast 2-0 start, they are now just 3-3 on the season and sit in third place in the NFC East. That slide is reflected in their position in the latest SB Nation 2011 NFL Power Rankings, where the Redskins have dropped all the way down to No. 19.Here is what they had to say about the Redskins.
I'm not quite sure what to do with the Redskins. I think you have to win games against Carolina if there's an idea that you can win the division (and, yes, they can win the division because seemingly no one wants to jump out in front in the NFC East).
At this point, with the Cowboys sort of finding their bearings, and the idea that the Eagles couldn't possibly be as bad as they looked early in the season, I'm not sure the idea of the Redskins winning the division is really considered a serious possibility. That's probably why they are all the way down at No. 19 at this point.