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Redskins No. 1 in Sagarin Ratings

Math has never been my thing. Sure, I may have a bit of a stats fetish, but I just don't have much of a mind for numbers.

So I'm not the dude to be trying to explain exactly what this means, but according to the complex system devised by Jeff Sagarin, the Skins are the top-rated team in the NFL. He analyzes schedule, margin of victory...throws it all in the computer and, voila, he comes up with team ratings. This week, the Skins come out on top with a 29.10 rating. Dallas is second at 28.52.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 30, 2008; 1:50 PM ET
 
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Comments

could it be - my first first?

Posted by: thinker11 | September 30, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

well, that's it, then. the season just jumped the shark...

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | September 30, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

TEST

Posted by: peterdgunter | September 30, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks but, no thanks.

Don't want it. Keep telling them they're not good enough. In fact, copy and print every paul zimmerman article written about them in the last 2 years.

Give it to someone else, I'd rather this team kept its nose to the grindstone, and kept working.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | September 30, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It's only slightly more scientific than the BCS Standings.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 30, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

If you're into power rnkings

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?week=5&season=2008

Posted by: TWISI | September 30, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

As for Guru, the reason I've always said that JC will be a good QB, now I'm thinking he might be better than I thought, is that he has improved his completion percentage, cut down his ints, while learning several offenses. You on the other ignored his on the field acomplishments over those years and reverted to sterotyped analysis from draft person.

Posted by: TWISI | September 30, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TWISI | September 30, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty awesome!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 30, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

if they don't beat philly, its all for not.

These rankings are silly. Ask new england how they feel about last years rankings. And what it got them.

Posted by: goskinsgo | September 30, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Classic JLC. A day late an a dollar short!

Posted by: grittar1 | September 30, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

it's one thing to be critical after analyzing and another to be critical for the sake of being critical.

i was critical of jc throughout his career. i was basing my criticism on his inability to read his options during the play, his inability to be clutch, his inability to throw the ball to a spot and not the receiver (he still doesn't do this but i'm okay with it...it does not make a qb) and his tendency to fumble.

the dude has improved so much and a lot of it is him but a lot of it is jim zorn accomodating his QB. there's a reason they're calling it "jim zorn's version of west coast offense".

and then there's just being critical...to say rember 7-1 start? ummmm yeah...we all rember it and that was a sucky team. this team has had their top corner go down, starting left end go down, have doughty has their safety, their first 3 picks of the draft no where to be found, new coaches and they STILL WINNING!!!

they have been down a score or two in almost every game. they have all the excuses in the world and they are still winning. not once, twice but THREE times!!! against good teams!

dude, ANALYZE!!!!! not just criticize based on history. there is NOBODY on this team maybe jansen that was on the 99 team...

*for the sake of 250K!*

Posted by: dealer1 | September 30, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Another T.O. bit:

Report: T.O. gets serious with Tony

September 30, 2008 10:10 AM

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

We've spent the early portion of the 2008 season reading about Terrell Owens the consummate teammate. In fact, he was praised more for his hustle than his receptions following the Cowboys' recent win over the Packers. As one local talk show host put it, "T.O.'s turned into our own little Rudy."

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Terrell Owens didn't like how he was being used Sunday in Dallas' loss to Washington.

On Sunday, though, T.O. felt underutilized following a 26-24 loss to the Redskins. Never mind the fact that 19 of the Cowboys' 58 offensive plays went his direction. He's apparently aiming for 50 percent of the plays, which might encourage him to complete most of his routes.

Now, we receive the shocking news that T.O. had a "serious conversation" with quarterback Tony Romo immediately following Sunday's game. According to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, T.O. was "venting" his frustration to Romo, in part, over the types of routes he's being asked to run.

For those of us who cover the team on a semi-regular basis, this is a confusing development. Unless there have been sweeping changes at Valley Ranch (in the past 20 minutes), Romo's not responsible for designing routes. According to head coach Wade Phillips, Romo's primary focus right now is checking out of running plays.

When multiple sources confirm that Romo and T.O. had a serious conversation, what exactly does that mean? Did they each have stern looks on their faces while T.O. went over his favorite route tree?

In reading between the lines, it seems that T.O. was frustrated with his quarterback. And that would barely be worth mentioning if the receiver didn't have so much quarterback baggage.

I watched the "Monday Night Football Countdown" crew talk about the T.O. situation for several minutes last night and Tom Jackson's convinced this thing's headed for trouble. He and Mike Ditka agreed that owner Jerry Jones needs to have a (wait for it) serious conversation with T.O. before things get out of hand.

With the woeful Bengals headed to town, I think this controversy will blow over. Heaven forbid that Tony and T.O. might have to have another postgame conversation.

Posted by: Good2bOK | September 30, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I like the fact that the AFC North and NFC Wesr are the two worst ranked divisions in the NFL and we play them this year. Go Sagarin!

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 30, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

As I was watching the game last night I said. If either of these teams can beat an NFC East team I may as well eat a hat.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 30, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

BeantownGreg, embrace success.

As a guy said yesterday on ESPN980 AM:

"They aren't who we thought they were!!!"

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 30, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I would see Wall Street implode and the Skins ascend to the top of the power rankings in the SAME month.

Posted by: ksquare | September 30, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

From the Times:

*Cornerback Shawn Springs flew back from Dallas this morning and came to the Park for treatment on his left calf, which prevented him from playing the fourth quarter on Sunday. Springs said he's walking fine and the pain is nothing compared to when he missed the season opener with a shin injury. Springs spent Sunday night at Terrell Owens' condo watching the Bears-Eagles game and then visited his father, Ron, who remains in a coma at a Dallas-area hospital.

learned, no, nope, not gon' do it.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | September 30, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

If you want to talk about silly rankings - Peter King of SI has Dallas no. 2 and the Skins at no. 4!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/peter_king/09/29/Week4/1.html

Posted by: cmecyclist | September 30, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Springs was watching the Eagles Bears with TO, every time TO saw McNabb in a close up on the TV he would start shouting profanity followed by 30 seconds of sobbing followed by writing a paragraph of his next book.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 30, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

He analyzes schedule, margin of victory...throws it all in the computer and, voila, he comes up with team ratings. This week, the Skins come out on top with a 29.10 rating.

By Jason La Canfora | September 30, 2008; 1:50 PM ET

Wow. If we can keep these numbers up all season, we'll get to play Oklahoma for the national championship.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 30, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

As I was watching the game last night I said. If either of these teams can beat an NFC East team I may as well eat a hat.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 30, 2008 2:13 PM

Don't sleep on them, both those teams have vicious defenses that can turn the game in the drop of a hat (as Pitt did last night with a sack, fumble recovery, and return for a TD just 15 seconds after scoring their first TD of the night).

Neither of their offenses should be able to move the ball against a good defense, however.

Posted by: psps23 | September 30, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the ESPN rankings, these things are so dumb. How can you rank Dallas ahead of Washington? Or Pittsburgh for that matter. They have no O-line. It makes you wonder if these people actually watch the games.

Posted by: skins001 | September 30, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Neither of their offenses should be able to move the ball against a good defense, however.

Posted by: psps23 | September 30, 2008 2:24 PM |

As also was proven last night.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 30, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Lol classic TE....good line.

Posted by: chrislarry | September 30, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

if we used a poll to choose our Bowl game then Dallas would end up going 1-15 and still play in it.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 30, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I saw the heading and thought he was talking about University of Miami-Ohio Redskins basketball.

Posted by: Predator48 | September 30, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

He analyzes schedule, margin of victory...throws it all in the computer and, voila, he comes up with team ratings. This week, the Skins come out on top with a 29.10 rating.

By Jason La Canfora | September 30, 2008; 1:50 PM ET

Wow. If we can keep these numbers up all season, we'll get to play Oklahoma for the national championship.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 30, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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My vote for post of the day. Except the opponent will be the Tide.

Roll! Hail!

Posted by: Good2bOK | September 30, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

There is ALWAYS room for improvement in the NFL.

The Pats had the best 18 game stretch in the history of the NFL, one that will never be topped. And then lost when it counted.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 30, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

National championship game pooh, I just hope we make it to the ACC championship game (which is in Tampa and I have some tickets lined up for). That way I can see the Skins destroy the Hokies.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 30, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Way to kill the thread there Rypien :)

Posted by: alex35332 | September 30, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Anyone getting tickets in DC to that BCS game we are supposed to host?

Posted by: alex35332 | September 30, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey noone, good to see you back! I'm going to be in Tampa this weekend (well, south of Tampa, but they get the Tampa stations)...any clue if the 'Skins/Igs game is on down there?

Posted by: 4-12 | September 30, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Catching up...

Boyles has a Magnolia State prep head coaching record of 177-21 (.894).

By Cindy Boren | September 30, 2008; 1:35 PM ET


That might be the highest winning percentage I've ever seen. Dang.

Posted by: freakzilla | September 30, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

How nice it is to not have an owner like Al Davis.

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | September 30, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

4-12, here's the site you want:

http://www.the506.com/nflmaps/


It hasn't been updated yet for this week's games. Give it another day.

Whereabouts are you going? I lived in that neck of the woods for 10 years growing up, and again from 2004-2005.

Posted by: freakzilla | September 30, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

First I learn Clay Aiken is gay, and I was like WHAT!

and now this:

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/09/30/mandarich-details-alcohol-painkiller-steroid-use/

my mind is blown! Next your going to tell me bears crape in the woodS!

Posted by: chrislarry | September 30, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

...but how are we in the coaches poll?

Posted by: Sports_Guru | September 30, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

clay aiken coming out was sooooooooooo classic!!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | September 30, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

not that there's nothing wrong with that

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | September 30, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

def nothing wrong!

Posted by: chrislarry | September 30, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks freaky-z...gonna be in Sarasota.

Posted by: 4-12 | September 30, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Guru shows his intelligence again.

I think a couple people over at ESPN don't watch the games. Two of their analysts still had the Cowgirls at 2 and us at 12 and 13 despite just crushing them. Ridiculous.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | September 30, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

F numbers, and maths.

beep, beep, beep, beep...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 30, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Why is Jeff Sagarin using Frank Viola to compute these numbers?

Posted by: MonkMossMann | September 30, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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