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Last year's rank: 108
Title track: 47
Fan relations: 86
Stadium experience: 110
Bang for the buck: 45
RG3 is the hottest thing to hit DC since Ben's Chili Bowl, generating about as much bipartisan support as the Fourth of July. New York Times op-ed columnists pen essays about the ways he could advise the president, burgundy No. 10 is the best-selling NFL jersey (ever) and the Redskins Week 17 win over Dallas was the highest-rated regular-season contest in 15 years (earning a 68 share in the DC market). That victory capped off a seven-game winning streak and an NFC East crown. Throw in second-year stud running back Alfred Morris (who racked up 200 yards and three TDs in Week 17) and it's hard to fault Pierre Garcon for spouting "best offense ever" talk.
It's that type of optimism that cloaks the team's less-than-stellar issues. Like Fan Appreciation Day at training camp, which charged for parking and forced more than 25,000 to share 15 port-o-johns. Or FedEx Field, which has $35 parking, stands more than a mile from the nearest metro, suffers from congested concourses and features a mud pit for a playing surface. (Pete Carroll called it horrible, Ed Reed said it "sucks" and Justin Tucker said it was the worst field he's ever kicked on.) Then there is the nickname controversy, which is dividing the city. On one side you have DC politicians suggesting the name Redtails, and on the other is Snyder proclaiming: "We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER -- you can use caps." Luckily for fans, they still have that one thing they can all agree on, and let's all hope he stays healthy.