Vegas's NFL Power Ratings
One of the reasons I post these rankings every week is so we have a way to gauge future Redskins odds. Why? Because after Week Two, a prominent local blogger suggested that the Redskins might be favored in 11 of their final 14 games, and I strongly disagreed. I think history has favored me with her graces.
Here's how things stand now: It would appear the Redskins will end the season having been underdogs in seven of their eight road games, and having been favorites in seven of their eight home games. A perfect 8-8 split. There are two games that are still mildly unclear: Will Washington be favored at Minnesota? And will Dallas have nothing to play for in Week 17 and thus be a dog? My guesses are no and no.
Anyhow, through 10 games, Washington is 3-2 as a home favorite, 1-0 as a road favorite, and 1-3 as a road underdog. With at least two and possibly three more games as road dogs, this could get very interesting.
With the Redskins doing better than expected (against the line) last week, they moved up to a tie for 14th in the Las Vegas Sports Consultants power ratings, four slots behind Tampa Bay. Why, you might ask, would many of the other power rankings drop the Redskins for losing to a team they were supposed to lose to, by a smaller margin than anyone would have expected them to lose? Dunno. Ask them.
The Skins are now 0-4 vs. Vegas's Top 10, and 5-1 versus everyone else. But only three of the final six games come against "everyone else."
Other power rankings: FoxSports says 20th, ESPN.com says 18th, NFL.com says "middle of the pack," CBSSports says 17th, Yoohoo!!!!!! says 14th/12th and NBCSports says 13th. Football Outsiders's stats say 11th.
Vegas rankings after the jump.
1. New England
5. Green Bay
8. San Diego
9. New York Giants
10. Tampa Bay
16t. New Orleans
21t. Kansas City
24. St. Louis
26. N.Y. Jets
31t. San Francisco
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