Vegas's NFL Power Rankings
Vegas, via Las Vegas Sports Consultants, now says the Redskins have sunk to 18th in the NFL, which is, er, 11th in the NFC. Last time I checked, the playoffs do not accept 11 NFC teams. Vegas isn't much impressed; hence, the 10.5-point underdog status this week.
If the favorite had won every Redskins game, the home team would now be 6-3, so Vegas has been pretty close. But it would now appear that Washington will be favored in possibly just two more games: home vs. Buffalo and Chicago. Lest we forget, the Skins are just 3-2 straight-up as home favorites. (As road underdogs this year, the Redskins are 1-2; as road favorites, 1-0.) Also, the Skins are 1-4 vs. Vegas's Top 12, and 4-0 versus everyone else. They only have two games left against "everyone else." We can thus safely say it would be considered a surprise for the Redskins to make the playoffs.
Also, if really burns me when people use the word "upset" incorrectly, like so: "Cincinnati Topples No. 16 Connecticut; Mauk throws for three scores in 27-3 upset victory." Um, no. Cincinnati was favored by 6.5. It cannot be an upset when the favorite wins. ESPN's Mark Schlabach, a former colleague, did the same thing. Even the Washington Post, on A1, complained that two weeks ago, "the Redskins simply survived against a team they were supposed to beat." The Redskins were "supposed" to beat the Jets by 3.5, and they won by 3. That was almost exactly what was "supposed" to happen.
Other power rankings: FoxSports says 14th, ESPN.com says 14th, NFL.com says "middle of the pack," CBSSports says 14th, Yoohoo!!!!!! says 16th/11th and NBCSports says 15th. Football Outsiders's stats say 14th.
Vegas rankings after the jump.
1. New England
5. Green Bay
6. San Diego
7. New York Giants
10t. New Orleans
12t. Tampa Bay
25. St. Louis
26. Kansas City
29. New York Jets
32. San Francisco
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