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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 19 Washington

By John Keim

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

Preseason: 11 | Last Week: 10 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

One bad game, and more specifically one bad half, caused the Redskins to fall nine spots in the rankings. And it made them, according to the pollsters, fourth in the NFC East.

The Monday night loss also left Washington with the biggest tumble in the rankings -- and Philadelphia with the biggest climb. Such is life when you allow a 4-12 team with a new offensive and defensive scheme to build a 33-7 lead at your place.

You can thank Robert Griffin III’s rust or a sloppy run game or Chip Kelly’s offense for that tumble. Regardless, it left the Redskins 19th in the NFL behind teams such as St. Louis (a rising team), Miami and Detroit.

The rankings had it right with the Redskins' initial rank at No. 10; a nod to what they could become after such a strong finish last year. Had Griffin’s health not been in question, they likely would have been ranked a little higher. Now? It’s clear Griffin and the Redskins’ offense have to find a rhythm and prove they belong at a certain level.

The Eagles, meanwhile, jumped 11 spots to 14th after beating Washington.

It does not get easier having to play at Green Bay, which fell to No. 7 after losing at San Francisco.