February 22, 2020

Washington Redskins Week 11 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

After a dominating win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon, the Washington Redskins have caught the eyes of those around the NFL national media.

That fact was ever so apparent in the latest power rankings. On most lists, they moved up. Some, surprisingly enough, have begun to look ahead at not just the remaining games on their regular season schedule, but also where they stand in the playoff race. Granted, the NFC East is an awful division, but Washington is only a half game back of first place.

Take a look at wear the Burgundy and Gold rank among the major weekly power rankings.

ESPN – 22 (Last Week: 28)

“Kirk Cousins in wins this season: 77.5 completion percentage, 9 TDs, 0 INTs. Cousins in losses this season: 61 completion percentage, 5 TDs, 9 INTs.”

The numbers don’t lie; as Kirk Cousins goes, so does the Redskins. His ability to direct the offense translates into whether this team wins or loses. When he’s at his best, they can be a tough team to beat.

NFL.com – 17 (Last Week: 20)

“Kirk Cousins, take a bow, my man. Four TDs and a perfect passer rating? Yeah, we like that. The Redskins benefited from Sunday in more ways than one, with every other team in the NFC East faltering. So here is Washington at 4-5, only a half-game back of the Giants in the standings, with a chance to win the NFC East in 2015. Un … real.”

The rest of the NFC East is a mess. The New York Giants are the best team in the NFC East, but the Redskins have been steadily improving. Over the final stretch the season, their metal will be tested.

Yahoo Sports – 21 (Last Week: 22)

“Last week Jay Gruden said he envisioned a big week coming for DeSean Jackson. Jackson had two catches for 42 yards against a deplorable Saints defense. Jackson has just five catches for 59 yards this season. Maybe Gruden meant he saw a big week coming for Jackson next week. Or sometime in December.”

DeSean Jackson has been largely underwhelming. On his first down-field play of 2015, he pulled his hamstring and missed far too much time. Since his return, he’s made more headlines with his actions off the field. His absence and lack of production hasn’t really hindered the offense with Jordan Reed and Pierre Garçon stepping up, but just think of how good this team could be if Jackson played even half as well as he did last year.

FOX Sports – 14 (Last Week: 24)

“Kirk Cousins has credited his progress to increased reps and over the last three weeks he has eight touchdown passes and just one interception.”

As the season has gone on, Cousins play has certainly improved. If he’s beginning to hit his stride, it’s coming at the right time. As we’ve previously noted, the rest of the NFC East is floundering, so this is their time to strike.

CBS Sports – 22 (Last Week: 22)

“Kirk Cousins lit up the Saints. Now comes a real test against the Carolina Panthers.”

For the second time in three weeks, the Redskins will face an undefeated opponent when they head south on Sunday. Against the New England Patriots, they turned in a sloppy performance. This weekend is another chance to show that they can compete with the best.

USA Today – 15 (Last Week: 22)

“Given they (temporarily) picked up RG3’s 2016 $16M option, we’d guess Kirk Cousins gets a $20M franchise tag.”

This is a discussion for later in the season, but Cousins play could make him a very rich man this offseason. Have the Redskins found their quarterback of the future? I’m not sure, but the former Michigan State Spartan has out-performed Robert Griffin III.

Pro Football Talk – 21 (Last Week: 21)

“Washington could end up being the least bad of four horrible NFC East teams. Hooray?”

The NFC East is an awful division so whomever wins won’t be viewed as a powerhouse, but for the Redskins to make that kind of a turnaround from last season is still a big deal. They are drastically better than they were a year ago, and winning the division is well within their reach.

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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