Vegas's NFL Power Ratings, and Skins as Dogs
Redskins lose to Green Bay (but cover) and move up in the Vegas rankings. Redskins beat Arizona (but don't cover) and move down in the Vegas rankings. Vegas, via Las Vegas Sports Consultants, says the Redskins are now 12th best in the league, and the sixth-strongest NFC team, behind Dallas, the Giants, Green Bay, Chicago and Seattle. It appears possible that Washington might be favored in no more than three of its remaining games (vs. Philly, vs. Buffalo, vs. Chicago), with two up in the air (at Jets, at Vikings), meaning Vegas sees a final record of between 7-9 and 9-7. Meaning this whole deal could come down to the final home game vs. Dallas on the day before New Year's Eve.
Also, with thanks to the fine folks at Redskins Radio (Motto: Pay no attention to our URL), here's a blog post from Kevin O'Neill at Real World Sports, demonstrating that this week's "biggest underdog in the history of team sports" Redskins aren't even the biggest dog in the past two decades of Skindom.
On their three trips to Dallas in 1993, 1994, and 1995 the Redskins were catching 17, 16, and 17.5 points. They actually won the last of those games. On December 3, 1995, as a 17.5 point puppy, Washington pulled off a stunning 24-17 outright win. The 2007 Redskins have a heck of a defense for a team getting 16-points and the franchise is in much better shape than it was from 1993-1995, when they went 12-36 over the three year span.
Vegas's full rankings after the jump.
1. NEW ENGLAND
4. SAN DIEGO
6. NEW YORK GIANTS
8t. GREEN BAY
17. TAMPA BAY
19. NEW ORLEANS
21. KANSAS CITY
27t. NEW YORK JETS
27t. SAN FRANCISCO
30. SAINT LOUIS
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