April 5, 2020

Washington Redskins Week 9 Power Rankings Roundup

The Washington Redskins took some time off this past weekend to rest, relax and do some self-evaluation. They ended the unofficial “first half” of their season with a thrilling 31-30 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Despite not playing a down, the Redskins did see some movement in the weekly power rankings. Before we dive in to Week 9’s edition of the roundup, take a look back at last week’s.

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And now, check out where the Redskins rank across the national media.

ESPN — 24 (Last Week: 23)

“The Redskins have lost seven straight road games, going 0-3 this season. Things won’t get any easier with a trip to Foxborough on Sunday.”

Washington is no longer celebrating their thrilling victory as it’s time to move. They take on an undefeated New England Patriots squad in Foxboro this Sunday, and it’ll certainly be their toughest test of the season.

NFL.com — 19 (Last Week: 18)

“Another team that spent Week 8 on a bye — and another group still trying to figure out its identity. While Kirk Cousins‘ budding career as a T-shirt salesman is taking off before our eyes, questions remain on the other side of the ball. Specifically, is this defense the unit that got torched in the first half against Tampa Bay in Week 7, or the one that shut it down after the break? Either way, Washington probably would be most effective riding a running back — Alfred Morris? — and playing January-style football from here on out. Don’t ask Cousins to pull off what he did in Week 7 every Sunday.”

I think the overall question here is can the Redskins put together 60 minutes of football? In their first seven games, that answer is no. Against the Buccaneers, they used a strong second half to help us forget about a weak first half, but Washington has yet to put together 60 full minutes of good football.

Yahoo Sports — 22 (Last Week: 23)

“The Redskins play at the Patriots this Sunday. Not feeling too good about their chances there.”

According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Redskins have a slim 13.7 percent chance of upsetting the Patriots on Sunday and will enter the game double-digit underdogs. Head coach Jay Gruden said it before the bye week and he hit the nail on the head: it only gets more difficult for the Redskins.

FOX Sports — 18 (Last Week: 17)

DeSean Jackson is set to return in Week 9 and will provide a deep element that the offense has been lacking.”

No argument here. Cousins has completed just four passes of at least 21 yards in 2015. With Jackson back in the lineup, they’ll get their deep threat back. With 11 receptions of at least 21 yards and an average of 20.9 yards per catch a year ago, Washington will have their big play potential once again.

CBS Sports — 21 (Last Week: 22)

“Can Kirk Cousins build on what he did before the bye? He did some really good things.”

That is one of the most important questions facing the Redskins — specifically Cousins — going forward. We’ve seen what they are capable of, but can they continue to do that for the rest of the season?

USA Today — 20 (Last Week: 22)

“WR DeSean Jackson vows return Sunday. Washington’s sagging ground game sure could use him to open up field.”

Should Jackson return to the lineup, that opens things up down the field for the Redskins. With a solid rushing attack, the play action pass will become that much more effective. Jackson is an impact player when he’s healthy and Washington is certainly better off with him.

Pro Football Talk — 19 (Last Week: 19)

“Kirk Cousins won’t like that in New England.”

Clever. Cousins t-shirt material could end up defining his career — not in a good way — if he can’t back up what he did in the second half two weeks ago.

The Redskins face a stiff challenge in the Patriots this coming weekend. Should Jackson return, the offense will be able to stretch the field and open things up. Defensively, they have question marks. Gruden has had two weeks to prepare his team for New England, so we’ll see if his hard work was all for naught soon enough.

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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