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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 27 Washington

By John Keim

A weekly examination of the Redskins' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 10 | Last Week: 25 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Washington Redskins had a bye week -- and still the voters came away unimpressed. The Redskins dropped two more spots in ESPN.com's Power Rankings.

And that means they've fallen in the poll four times this season. That's what happens when you're 1-3. Yeah, they did what they should have done at Oakland before the bye, but that apparently did not inspire a nation to believe in the Redskins just yet. If they win at Dallas -- and then beat Chicago -- the Redskins will take a big leap.

Until then? They go backward after a bye -- and were leapfrogged by the team they last beat. The Raiders, though, are a different team with Terrelle Pryor at quarterback than the since-released Matt Flynn. Guess that's why they moved up six spots while the Redskins dropped two. The more Robert Griffin III returns to his old form, the more likely the Redskins can start moving up in the rankings and, more importantly, the NFC East.

The Philadelphia Eagles jumped Washington in the poll, moving six spots to 21 after a win over the New York Giants. Meanwhile, Washington's Sunday opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, improved their standing after a 51-48 loss to top-ranked Denver, moving up three spots to No. 15.

Washington is more worried about 1-3 than they are No. 27, and the Redskins come out of the bye with a chance to make a move in the NFC East against Dallas. Sunday's game matches the Redskins' 32nd-ranked defense (26th in total points) against the Cowboys' 10th-ranked offense (but second in points). Of course, the Cowboys enter with a defense ranked 28th (22nd in total points) against an offense eighth in total yards (but, more telling, 17th in points).