Redskins garner No. 11 spot in PFT’s Preseason Power Rankings

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We have a (preseason) winner.

The Redskins, who check in at No. 11 in PFT’s Preseason Power Rankings, are the highest-rated NFC East team in our ratings. They are two spots head of the Giants, three spots in front of the Cowboys and 15 spots clear of the Eagles.

Three games below .500 with seven games left to play in 2012, the Redskins proceeded to run the table and win the East. Five of their wins were against division foes. If quarterback Robert Griffin III recovers well from offseason knee surgery, the Redskins will again be formidable — and the onus will be on their division rivals to prove they can better cope with Washington’s offense than they did a season ago.

Do you agree with Washington’s placement in our power rankings? Share your thoughts in the comments and weigh in via the poll.

14 responses to “Redskins garner No. 11 spot in PFT’s Preseason Power Rankings

  1. Redskins cannot run the same offense they did last year. Robert is going to have a 5 year career at this rate IF that. Redskins did well last year strictly because of the option run game. He will have to be more of a pocket passer this year and that remains to be seen how well he can do running that style of offense. With a below average defense this ranking is way too high for a one year wonder offense.

  2. After Shanny ruins RGIIIs legs again, the skins will re-occupy the cellar dweller status they have had for so long and so well deserve!

  3. 11 seems awfully high for the deadskins. don’t forget they were the nfc east doormat for many years until a late run last season. I’m not sold.

  4. Not rooting for it, but I predict RGII will be sidelined before Week 3. I won’t be surprised if he’s injured in the first game if in fact they push him back.

    Adrian Peterson is a freak of nature. Expecting others to come back so soon from a serious knee injury isn’t modern medicine, it’s a pipe dream.

  5. Every team in the East has question marks. Washington has, arguably, the second best QB in the division. Manning, Griffin, Romo and whomever starts for Philly. Will RGIII be as effective this season because A. there’s a book on him now and B. his injury? They are now the hunted so will be interesting to see how they respond. Repeating as division winners is a tall order. In the last nine years the NFC East division winner has been different from the previous season.

  6. I like Robert Griffin III, even as someone who doesn’t particularly care for the Redskins. I think he plays hard, plays well, and mostly keeps quiet off the field. I hope he learns to slide/go out of bounds when he runs though.

  7. They have no depth, Griffin is the only guy they really have and he’s on his second blown knee. NY and Dallas should both be ranked higher, especially with Dallas going back to a 4-3 like they should have had all along.

  8. Does Vegas have an over/under on games played this year by RGIII? Take a look and than tell me if Skins should be ranked 11.

  9. The Owner is terrible. No class organization. How can you be classy with a racist nickname.
    You can’t, teams will play the redskins different this year. With the offense they run RGIII will have a short career.

  10. Redskins are clearly a number 16-20 team – their quarterback is profoundly weak as teams adjust to his gimmick and lack of deep passing accuracy; he is profoundly easy to sack and cannot read defenses well ( he does NOT actually read defenses – he gives up on routes and checks down constantly). He cannot run a 2 minute offense in less than 4 minutes. He has NO on-field leadership (something that Cousins has in abundance).

    The best Redskin QB is Kirk Cousins. The China Doll is a flash in the pan gimmick that has demonstrated without Pierre Garcon he cannot win (Griffin lost nearly every game in which Garcon was not playing).

    The Redskin defense still is a question mark and as long as the team thinks Orakpo is a keeper, they will get no effective pass rush (unless teams think they need to double team a player with POOR pass rushing technique).

    And, yes, I am a Redskin fan since 1970 – but I am one with my eyes open and not just a bandwagon sycophant.

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