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The Redskins claim 23rd spot in PFT’s preseason power rankings


There are no ulterior motives for the Redskins this season, but will there be victories?

Our votes for PFT’s preseason power rankings say the team has some work to do to convince us that firing Mike Shanahan was enough to completely turn things around after a 3-13 2013 season. The Redskins come in at No. 23 in the rankings, one spot ahead of the Cowboys and behind the Giants and Eagles.

Our preview runs down everything you need know about the Redskins heading into camp, but defensive questions loom the largest when it comes to reasons for doubt about the Redskins’ turnaround. Those doubts are balanced by quarterback Robert Griffin III’s return to health and upgraded talent at wide receiver, but what the final result will look like remains up in the air ahead of training camp.

Let us know what you think of the Redskins’ rating in the poll below and in the comments.

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39 Responses to “The Redskins claim 23rd spot in PFT’s preseason power rankings”
  1. charger383 says: Jul 11, 2014 3:05 PM

    The best named team in football will finish higher than 23rd

  2. godofwine330 says: Jul 11, 2014 3:06 PM

    Still trippin’ that the so called “Best division in football” the NFC East has two participants (Cowboys & Washington) in behind the Cleveland Browns with our journeyman QB & up & coming defense. Can’t wait to see how PFT believes my Browns stack against the rest of the NFL. #LeBronsBack #ClevelandRocksAgain

  3. vikings2102 says: Jul 11, 2014 3:08 PM

    Just STOP doing this now. Cleveland is not better than any of the teams in the 20’s (ya, they could be 30-32). Obviously you have a thing for the Browns and now that LeBron went home, you have a bigger thing for the city!! Just make them #1 already, because I am sure you will!!

  4. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 11, 2014 3:15 PM

    This ranking is WAY too high. The franchise is a train wreck and will be as long as Napoleon owns the team

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 11, 2014 3:22 PM

    Hail to the REDSKINS.
    Hail Victory.
    Braves on the Warpath.
    FIGHT FOR OL’ DC!!! #LombardiNumber4iscoming

  6. irishgary says: Jul 11, 2014 3:23 PM

    I’m not a browns fan, but they have a hell of a lot more upside than the Vikings

  7. efoor says: Jul 11, 2014 3:25 PM

    Really, the Giants are better? Really?

  8. slugbaitspace says: Jul 11, 2014 3:26 PM

    One spot higher than the Cowboys? Dang, looks like this division is gonna suck for another year.

  9. haytammy says: Jul 11, 2014 3:27 PM

    Fair ranking.

  10. hugeredskinsfan says: Jul 11, 2014 3:41 PM

    I was surprised at the Cowboys ranking. I’m even more surprised at the Browns soon to be ranking…. They should have been pretty low on this list IMO….

  11. donterrelli says: Jul 11, 2014 3:42 PM


  12. 6ball says: Jul 11, 2014 3:48 PM

    The good news is that your ineptitude earned you the second overall pick in the draft.

    The bad news is you traded it away.
    It’s almost like Congress is their GM.

  13. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 11, 2014 3:49 PM

    vikings2102 says:
    Jul 11, 2014 3:08 PM

    Just STOP doing this now. Cleveland is not better than any of the teams in the 20′s (ya, they could be 30-32). Obviously you have a thing for the Browns and now that LeBron went home, you have a bigger thing for the city!! Just make them #1 already, because I am sure you will!!

    Sent you guys home crying last year after you lost to them but I bet we should all realize you guys laid claim to the 5th straight offseason championship again right and now you are better than everyone?

  14. greenlantern75 says: Jul 11, 2014 3:57 PM

    …and the Jets keep climbing and no one is complaining….an odd off-season indeed…

  15. vikings2102 says: Jul 11, 2014 4:04 PM

    themeccalambeaufield – Not one of my posts have said that the Vikings are great/awesome/best/better than anyone. I am a huge Vikings fan, but I am also a huge NFL fan and a realist. I know there are fans from all 32 teams that are way to “confident’ in their team and not enough realists out there.

    I see improvement in the Vikings for this year, playoffs…only if we’re lucky. Probably 7-9 to 9-7 this year (Yes I believe that. Zimmer will light a fire under this team). Any realist should. But you cannot tell me that the Browns will do any better than the teams that have been listed so far (record wise)?? Miami, Dallas, Tampa, Vikings should have better records than Cleveland. I see Cleveland 5-11 at best. “8 Ball” Manziel is not the answer. They have no WR’s and their D is not that good.

    Like someone said on a previous post on rankings….it’s all about page clicks and the higher the Browns go, the more page clicks the site will get.

  16. briscocountyjr says: Jul 11, 2014 4:04 PM

    I just don’t see how they can be very competitive, it’s more or less a fair ranking, but I could see them going 6-10. The only positive I see from this team is an unknown coach.. maybe he can swing for the fences to 8-8, 9-7. The constant beating this team takes through the media is a back breaker too. Good luck…

  17. wydok says: Jul 11, 2014 4:29 PM

    I really don’t understand why two articles get posted, one with the poll and another with the details on the reasoning. What’s the point?

  18. grumpyoleman says: Jul 11, 2014 4:49 PM

    I hope they win the Super Bowl this year and I am not a fan of their team

  19. drakescounsellor says: Jul 11, 2014 5:01 PM

    Hail Johnny Football one of the greatest things to happen to Cleveland, we love that dude dawg never seen so many people in H-Town (Houston) and the 3riple D (Dallas) support cleveland more, yall should be happy yall got Johnny Lol thats the man, no one cares about clowney, or mack or teddy or any of these rookies, its all about the ultimate juice man!!!

  20. officialgame says: Jul 11, 2014 5:18 PM

    They have some weapons and they have RG3. They don’t have a very good offensive line, and they don’t have a very good back 7 on defense. They also have precious little depth on both sides of the ball and are coming off a three win season while being one of the healthiest teams all season. There head coach is unproven at the NFL level and running installing a less then novel West Coast offense. That being said because RG3 is that good, the division is weak,they should put up points I see 8-8 the high end.

  21. pskotte says: Jul 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    Passing along an astute comment: Washington should keep their name but change the logo to a potato.

  22. essentialsausage says: Jul 11, 2014 5:56 PM

    This is getting hilarious. Is Cleveland going to be number one?

  23. 12dat says: Jul 11, 2014 6:49 PM

    Yes the Giants are better. They have a head coach that has won 2 Super Bowls. Washington has a first year HC.

  24. revren10 says: Jul 11, 2014 8:59 PM

    RG bust is nothing more then a glorified extra running back. He can’t read defenses. The rams got the best of that trade

  25. GenXJay says: Jul 11, 2014 11:25 PM

    While i admire Snyder & his stance to the team name, i do hope success for them. Disneys original Peter Pan has the same content. Yet, small minded people (like A.Blackhorse) pick & chose their enemies.

  26. voorheesma says: Jul 11, 2014 11:46 PM

    Absurd ranking, best WR corp with a top 5 TE and a top 5 RB and a healthy, smarter and wiser RG3…. Yea ok

  27. jimjets says: Jul 12, 2014 7:31 AM

    More love for the Jets! Playoff bound pretty soon !

  28. ziplock10 says: Jul 12, 2014 9:37 AM

    I think it’s great. Just going to be a bigger shock to all when they finish the season fighting the Eagles for the division.

  29. Bob W Smith says: Jul 12, 2014 10:07 AM

    Until the Skins can prove they are better than last year, the PFT ranking is correct.

    Outside of adding DeSean to the roster, and the hope that RG’s knee is better, what puts them higher up the list ?

  30. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 12, 2014 2:26 PM

    RGME. Coach killer

  31. rroland77 says: Jul 12, 2014 3:10 PM

    If Robert Griffin III is the same QB he was last season and our defense doesn’t surprise the heck out of me then 23rd is probably a fair ranking. But, if RG3 returns to form and is the QB he showed that he was capable of being when he was a rookie or if the D line starts pressuring the QB to take the heat off of our weak secondary then the ranking is WAY too low. Personally, I think we are a middle of the road team. Average at the best and playing with a new head coach that still has to prove himself. 8 wins sounds about right.

  32. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 12, 2014 6:40 PM

    stupid ranking

    Redskins will win NFC East and could do major damage in playoffs….. remember they were laughing at Seattle 2 yrs ago before RG3 got injured.. and Redskins have greatly improved personnel and coaching this year… I would take Redskins over ANY AFC team

    Hail to the Redskins!

  33. VenerableAxiom says: Jul 12, 2014 8:12 PM

    They were 0-6 in one of the weakest divisions in the NFL. Eagles own the division now and the Giants should be improved. Looking at the schedule, going against the NFCW, 7-6 would be a miraculous.

  34. VenerableAxiom says: Jul 12, 2014 8:12 PM


  35. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 13, 2014 10:55 AM

    I’m seeing 11-5

  36. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 13, 2014 5:05 PM

    Rush immediately to get corrective lenses!

  37. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 13, 2014 6:59 PM

    so the Jets and Giants are thought to be better than the Redskins….. give me a break

    Florio and crew working their magic here

  38. skinsfaninillinois says: Jul 13, 2014 11:40 PM

    Keep overlooking the Redskins and their prospects for 2014. The more the self-appointed experts think they will go nowhere, the better it will be for them to force them all to eat crow. Yes, rank them at #23. In fact, why not rank them at #32?? Go ahead, place them there, and put your name next to your prediction. PLEASE!!

  39. kev86 says: Jul 14, 2014 12:11 PM

    i say the skins go 7-9. thanks for saying please. you are welcome. go giants (they actually win super bowls)

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