Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Power Rankings: Mediocrity sets in
By Dan Graziano
Yeesh. Not one NFC East team in the top 12 in the league? That stings, mid-March ESPN.com Power Rankings. That really stings.
13. Washington Redskins: I put them 13th, too, so I guess I agree with this. The questions about Robert Griffin III's recovery from knee surgery, the inability to build up the secondary ... just feels like a little too much reason to fear some slippage. And if the point of doing Power Rankings on March 20 is to assess how much each team has been affected by free agency, then yeah, the Redskins haven't done much.
14. New York Giants: Their win totals the past four years have been 8, 10, 9 and 9. As great as the 2011-12 postseason run was, it's hard to see how you can rank the Giants anywhere but the middle of the pack at this point in the year. Could they be better than this? Sure. And if you're a Giants fan, you have to have some confidence that they won't be worse than this, right? I ranked them 14th, as well.
18. Dallas Cowboys: I put them at No. 15. Maybe I just got to this point in the rankings and decided my division's teams were indistinguishable so I listed them in 2012 standings order. I don't know. The Cowboys felt like a middle-of-the-pack team to me going into last year. Turns out they were. So I'm leaving them there in the middle until they show otherwise.
26. Philadelphia Eagles: It's a long way back up toward the top with a new coach and an unsettled quarterback situation and a rebuilt secondary and ... well, you get it. The Eagles have a lot of questions, and while they're certainly capable of answering them, they're also trying to come back from 4-12. We'll need to see it first. I ranked them 25th.