Power Rankings: No. 22 Washington

November, 5, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Redskins' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 10 | Last Week: 24 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Washington Redskins moved up in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings. But the Redskins lost ground in the NFC East, thanks to an impressive win by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Redskins were 22nd, their highest ranking since Week 2, when they were 19th after opening the season at No. 10. This season is about minor victories thus far, and this one qualifies as minor. The Eagles moved from 26 to 20 after an impressive win at the Oakland Raiders (which included seven touchdown passes from quarterback Nick Foles).

Meanwhile, Washington had a momentum-building finish against San Diego -- the goal-line stand and a nice drive to win in overtime. But those doing the rankings were more down on what the Chargers did than impressed by the Redskins -- San Diego went from 11 to 15 in the rankings.

The good news for the Redskins is that Thursday’s opponent, Minnesota, is ranked 30th -- the Vikings' close loss at Dallas coupled with the fact that Tampa Bay and Jacksonville are still in the NFL meant they didn’t drop a spot.

If Washington really wants to make a move, not in the rankings but in the standings, then it will have to win at Minnesota. It’s not about beating a struggling team, it’s about playing well in consecutive games, something Washington has not done. If the Redskins can play well and win a second straight game, then talk of a turnaround will be more legitimate.

The Redskins have won three of their past five games and showed positive signs Sunday. Quarterback Robert Griffin III had his best game throwing the ball. His impact in two of the last three games has been strong, though in that third game Griffin played one of his worst games. Until he, and the passing game in general, show consistency, it’ll be hard for the Redskins to do the same. But if he does, a playoff push is definitely doable.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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