The army of NFL correspondents at ESPN put together their first power rankings of the offseason (link here) and the group wasn’t kind to the Redskins.
The Redskins are ranked last in the NFC East, 11th in the conference and 19th overall.
The New York Giants are third, Philadelphia fourth and Dallas, amazingly, is 13th.
Not that I have the Redskins winning the division or anything, but they should be ranked higher than 19th and I would certainly put them ahead of the Cowboys at this point.
Directly ahead of the Redskins are Houston, Green Bay and New Orleans. The Texans have never made the postseason, Green Bay is revamping its defense from a 4-3 to the 3-4 and New Orleans is a one-dimensional offensive team that has a new defensive coordinator.
That bumps the Redskins up to 16th.
The next four teams (Nos. 12-15) have warts. Chicago has Jay Cutler but nobody for him to throw to; Dallas is pinning its big-play hopes on Roy Williams; Minnesota0s starting quarterback is still Tarvaris Jackson; Miami is a legitimately strong team.
I’d have the Redskins somewhere in the No. 13-16 area.
Other thoughts on the rankings:
* As if we didn’t know it already, the NFC figures to be wide open. The Giants are the top-ranked team (third) but they still have to figure out who replaces Plaxico Burress.
* Pittsburgh is No. 1 and New England No. 2. I’d flip flop those two teams.
* Philadelphia (fourth) and San Diego (seventh) are ranked too high.
* Of the bottom eight teams, the Redskins play six of the clubs.
* Based on the rankings, the NFC playoff teams are the Giants, Philadelphia, Arizona, Carolina, Atlanta and Chicago. The AFC playoff teams are Pittsburgh, New England, Indianapolis, Baltimore, San Diego and Tennessee.
Here’s how each voter ranked the teams. The Redskins were ranked from Nos. 12-24. Pittsburgh got all but one first-place vote; Len Pasquarelli had them ranked ninth.