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Vegas's Week Four NFL Power Rankings

The NFL's best team, by a lot. (By Donna McWilliam - AP)

Like every other power rankers in the universe, the oddsmakers at Las Vegas Sports Consultants are in love with the NFC East this week: the division hosts three of Vegas's top four teams, and four of the top 12th. That means the Redskins are 12th, the exact same position in which they began the season. But due to divisional breakdowns, they would be just fourth in the NFC wild card standings, behind the Eagles, Giants and Vikings.

[Brief interruption: My current record picking NFL games against the spread for our corporate partners at Express: 13-4-1.]

Anyhow, the thing that normal power rankings can't capture is the difference between No. 1 and No. 2. In this case, that would be the Cowboys and Chargers, and the difference is more than 3.5 points. The Cowboys are also more than four points better than the Eagles and Giants, and eight points better than the Redskins on a neutral field, which is why this week's line between a 3-0 team and a 2-1 team is a bloated 11.5.

Based on today's rankings, the Skins would be favored in seven of their remaining games and underdogs in six more, finishing at a happy 9-7. Many of these games, though, are shaping up as virtual toss-ups, since most of Washington's toughest remaining games are at home while the weaker opponents come on the road (i.e. at Seattle, home vs. Pittsburgh).

Some more rankings from around the Web: says Washington is 15th, the Football Outsiders' math stuff says Washington is 16th, Sportsline says Washington is 12th, says Washington is 10th, and Fox Sports says Washington is 14th.

The full week 4 LVSC report:

1. Dallas 146.7
2. San Diego 143.1
3. Philadelphia 142.4
4. N.Y. Giants 142.1
5t. Pittsburgh 142.0
5t. Indianapolis 142.0
7. Jacksonville 141.5
8. Green Bay 140.0
9. Denver 139.6
10. Minnesota 139.4
11. New England 138.9
12. Washington 138.7
13. Buffalo 138.6
14. New Orleans 138.5
15. Tennessee 138.3
16. Tampa Bay 137.9
17. Carolina 137.5
18. Chicago 137.2
19. N.Y. Jets 137.0
20. Seattle 136.3
21. Arizona 135.9
22t. Houston 134.5
22t. Baltimore 134.5
24. Cincinnati 134.4
25. San Francisco 134.0
26. Cleveland 133.9
27. Oakland 133.4
28. Miami 132.3
29. Atlanta 132.0
30. Detroit 131.5
31t. Kansas City 130.6
31t. Saint Louis 130.6

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2008; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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These rankings are meaningless. But still, who would have thought that the Skins would be ranked as virtually equal to the Patriots?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

lets see where we at after this W

Posted by: we doin it for sean | September 25, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

What!!!??? How is it that San Diego is No#2? Well, it is only fitting since they are playing like some No#2!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dan, how about some analysis of the Skins history against the spread? When was the last time the Skins were underdogs by 11.5 (I would guess not too long ago). How'd they do?

Posted by: kjh | September 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Z does say we are 10th, but he's not very nice about it.

Posted by: mmok | September 25, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"What!!!??? How is it that San Diego is No#2? Well, it is only fitting since they are playing like some No#2!"

Well they lost at Denver thanks to a botched call, and they lost to Carolina by two on a miraculous last second touchdown pass.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | September 25, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

How can a team be ranked higher than a team that beat them at their house? NINERS ARE HATED ON!

Posted by: Dan | September 25, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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