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Vegas's NFL Power Rankings

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

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, says 14th, 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
2. Indianapolis
3. Dallas
4. Pittsburgh
5. Green Bay
6. San Diego
7. New York Giants
8. Seattle
9. Jacksonville
10t. Chicago
10t. New Orleans
12t. Tampa Bay
12t. Philadelphia
14. Cleveland
15. Tennessee
16. Arizona
17. Detroit
19. Cincinnati
20. Buffalo
21. Houston
22. Denver
23. Baltimore
24. Minnesota
25. St. Louis
26. Kansas City
27. Carolina
28. Oakland
29. New York Jets
30. Atlanta
31. Miami
32. San Francisco

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2007; 4:19 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments has us at No. 5 overall, biotch!

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | November 14, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

...therefore, Beatpaths is a severely flawed system.

Posted by: DAvid | November 14, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Vegas still has the Bears at #10? St. Louis ahead of Kansas City? sometimes it's almost like they don't actually watch football.

Posted by: jamie | November 14, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

5-4 Seattle at #8??? Why, why, why??? They beat Tampa Bay in week one, and since their wins have come against the hapless Bengals, Rams and 49ers (2x). Cleveland beat them two weekends ago and have the same 5-4 record and yet the Browns are 14th???!!! The Redskins are also 5-4 and they're 18th??? And just how are the 3-6 Bengals as high as 19th?

Perhaps I need to go to Vegas and apply for a job!!! Even a 10 year old could come up with more accurate rankings than these!

Posted by: John Cole | November 15, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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