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Vegas's Week Three Power Rankings

This week's underdogs. (By Matt York - AP)

As I mentioned last week, while some local media types ripped their hair out over the Skins' Week 1 loss, Vegas merely mildly downgraded the team's stock. This week, the Redskins are back in the league's top half, if barely, ranked 16th by Las Vegas Sports Consultants. The other three teams in the NFC East remained in the Top 6, keeping this by far the most competitive division in football.

[Brief interruption: Last week I told you that my first week of picking NFL games against the spread for the Express resulted in a 5-1 record. This week, one of the paper's mandated games was a push; on the others, I went 5-0. That would be a two-week total of 10-1-1, AGAINST THE SPREAD. If you don't think this brings me more joy than just about anything else I've ever accomplished in my professional career, you're crazy.]

Anyhow, the Cowboys remain the class of the league according to Vegas, 2.5 points better than anyone else on a neutral field, and more than eight points ahead of the Skins. Washington's judged about two points better than Arizona, which, given the home-field this week, makes me think you might want to put all your AIG holdings on the burgundy-and-gold box. Theoretically. Based on today's rankings, the Skins would be favored in seven of their remaining games and underdogs in seven more, finishing at a tidy 8-8.

Some more rankings from around the Web: says Washington is 19th, the Football Outsiders' math stuff says Washington is 15th, Sportsline says Washington is 23rd, says Washington is 14th, and Fox Sports says Washington is 14th.

(In his rankings, the venerable Dr. Z also had some of the lamer words I've read on Cooley's Ocho Cinco: Tight end Chris Cooley apologized, and well he should have, for the website pictures of him, inadvertantly explaining playbook stuff in rather informal clothing. In fact none at all. Oh man, would I have loved to hear what the locker room was like after that. "Here's the way you run a naked reverse." "The bare facts of tight end play." "Winning football by Nude Rockne.")

The full week 2 LVSC report:

1. Dallas 146.0

2. Indianapolis 143.5
3. San Diego 143.3
4. N.Y. Giants 142.9
5. Pittsburgh 142.7
6. Philadelphia 142.3
7. Green Bay 141.4
8. New England 141.1
9. Denver 140.5
10. Jacksonville 140.4
11. New Orleans 139.2
12. Minnesota 139.1
13t. Buffalo 138.6
13t. Tennessee 138.6
15. Carolina 138.0
16. Washington 137.8
17. Chicago 137.5
18. N.Y. Jets 137.2
19. Tampa Bay 137.1
20. Arizona 135.9
21. Seattle 135.7
22. Cleveland 135.0
23. Houston 134.7
24. Baltimore 133.1
25. San Francisco 133.0
26. Oakland 132.8
27. Cincinnati 132.7
28. Detroit 131.3
29. Kansas City 131.1.
30t. Saint Louis 130.5
30t. Atlanta 130.5
32. Miami 129.9

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2008; 5:49 PM ET
Categories:  Media , NFL , Redskins  
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I thought for sure post was going to be about the crotch grabbing going on in that picture.

Posted by: Maggie | September 17, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

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