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Vegas's Week Two Power Rankings

Redskins-Saints is a pick-'em. (By Chris Graythen - Getty)

Colleague Jason La Canfora noted yesterday that Vegas has turned rather quickly on the Skins, dropping them to about 100-1 odds to win the Super Bowl, which would place them in the bottom third of the league.

In truth, it's not really as dire as all that. The weekly Las Vegas Sports Consultants rankings--with LVSC advising the majority of Nevada casinos on initial lines--dropped the Skins from 12th to 19th in the league after their opening-week loss, which came by about five points more than Vegas would have predicted.

But, of course, the actual numerical rating assigned each team is of most importance, and a glance at those shows the Skins closer to the playoffs than the dregs. (To be specific, they're actually rated closer to the 12th spot than they are to the 22nd.) The Redskins are rated within a field goal of the Saints, which is why this week's game (at D.C.) is so close to being a pick-'em at most books.

The bad news, though, is that all three NFC East rivals are ranked in the top 7 of the NFL, and that the Redskins would be nine-point dogs against Dallas on a neutral field, which is the real problem with this season. And Vegas, it goes without saying, doesn't flip out over the first week: two of the three highest rated teams are winless, while the bottom-ranked Falcons are 1-0.

Some more rankings from around the Web: says Washington is 23rd, the Football Outsiders' math stuff says Washington is 24th, Sportsline says Washington is 26th, says Washington is 23rd, and Fox Sports says Washington is 19th.

The full week 2 LVSC report:

1. Dallas 146.1
2. San Diego 143.7
3. Indianapolis 143.3
4. Pittsburgh 142.9
5. Jacksonville 142.1
6t. Philadelphia 141.8
6t. N.Y. Giants 141.8
8. Green Bay 140.0
9. Minnesota 139.9
10. New Orleans 139.8
11. New England 139.6
12. N.Y. Jets 138.9
13. Denver 138.3
14. Tennessee 138.0
15. Chicago 137.7
16t. Seattle 137.6
16t. Buffalo 137.6
18. Carolina 137.4
19. Washington 137.2
20. Tampa Bay 136.7
21. Cleveland 135.6
22. Arizona 135.0
23. Cincinnati 134.9
24. Houston 134.7
25. Baltimore 133.1
26. Saint Louis 132.8
27. Kansas City 132.6
28. Detroit 132.5
29. Miami 131.5
30t. San Francisco 131.0
30t. Oakland 131.0
32. Atlanta 130.5

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2008; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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Go Skins!

Posted by: jonthfisherman | September 10, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Why play if odds rule?
Odds don't kill teams, teams kill teams.
Underdogs unite!

Posted by: HaikuMan | September 10, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

The team rankings look about right. Yet if owner profits were ranked, the Skins are probably top 3. Fans are paying for a Mercedes, driving a freakin' Geo.......

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

That sign-holding cougar you got there is quite the pseudo celbrity. She's appeared in nearly every local Saints commercial that I can think of and somehow always manages to catch a photographer's eye.

Posted by: Illegal Immigrant | September 10, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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