Power Rankings: No. 31 Washington

December, 24, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Redskins' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 10 | Last Week: 31 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Washington Redskins looked the same last week. They moved the ball a little, they played good enough defense until key moments and they allowed a huge play on special teams.

It’s why the Redskins retained their No. 31 ranking. You drop to this spot and then maintain it by playing a certain way, a way that always results in losses. The only question is: Can they fall to the bottom spot in the final rankings, surpassing the Houston Texans?

You still have to favor Houston simply because the Texans have lost 13 in a row entering Sunday’s finale at Tennessee. The Titans snapped a three-game losing streak with a win at Jacksonville last week. They’re 6-9 and should beat the Texans at home.

The Redskins, of course, finish at the New York Giants, who somehow have a 6-9 record after an 0-6 start and are coming off an overtime win at Detroit.

Washington has never finished at the bottom of these rankings, though this is the Redskins’ seventh season with double-digit losses since 2003. That’s two more than they had between 1970 and 1999. It just speaks to how much trouble they’ve had building a winning organization under owner Dan Snyder. You can’t pin this year on him, but he is the one in charge moving forward and who must finally find the right formula.

The Redskins started with optimism after last season and the return of quarterback Robert Griffin III. They're ending like this. Nothing more needs to be said.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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