COMMENTARY | Last Thursday night, the Washington Redskins were served a crushing defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. They fall to 3-6 and even though quarterback Robert Griffin III is optimistic and confident, as I wrote yesterday, realistically the Redskins' chances of making the playoffs are next to none.
There is a huge difference between the 3-6 team of 2012 and the current 3-6 team of 2013. The offense is inconsistent, the special teams are awful and the defense is very poor. Too often this season have we seen the defense, offense or both collapse in the second of a football game.
As the latest power rankings reflect, the 2013 season is all but over for the Washington Redskins. Let's take a closer look.
Where the Washington Redskins are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: ESPN
"Robert Griffin III threw three touchdowns last Thursday in a loss to the Vikings, but it has been a forgettable season. His next interception will double his total from last season."
Washington fell one spot to 23 on ESPN's weekly ranking. It's interesting that they make a note of Robert Griffin III's high interception rate. I've always regarded that RG3 isn't a good passing quarterback and ESPN seems to have caught on to this little fact, as well.
Where the Washington Redskins are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: FOX
"The 2012 Redskins were 3-6. The 2013 Redskins are 3-6. However, I wouldn't bet on another seven-game winning streak to win the NFC East and earn a spot in the playoffs this year."
The Redskins dropped five places in Fox's power rankings and rightfully so following their ugly loss to the Vikings. Many have been saying that Washington was 3-6 one year ago and still made the postseason. However, as is pointed out above, the quality of play from the 2012 team was far better than that of the current 2013 football team.
Where the Washington Redskins are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: Shutdown Corner
"Any hopes of winning the putrid NFC East were realistically dashed last Thursday. When you can't beat Minnesota, it's over."
Following their loss to Minnesota, Washington dropped three spots to 26 on this ranking. When you lose to a Minnesota team that is a complete mess, something has gone terribly wrong. While Washington hasn't been mathematically eliminated, realistically their chances are gone.
Where the Washington Redskins are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: CBS
"That was a damning loss to the Vikings last Thursday. The defense isn't good enough."
Surprisingly, Washington stayed put at number 22 on CBS' power rankings. The second part of this one really sums up the main problem for the Redskins: the defense. To put it even simpler, it's awful.
Where the Washington Redskins are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: NFL.com
" Robert Griffin III 's best performance of the 2013 season (24-of-37 passing, 281 yards and three touchdowns) wasn't enough for the Redskins . Once again, the defense failed to get a stop when the 'Skins really needed it, ultimately succumbing to Matt Cassel . Yes, Mike Shanahan 's group was able to recover from a 3-6 start to win the NFC East last season, but that's a rather large hole to climb out of two years in a row.
Still, if the Redskins are going to pull it off, perhaps putting the ball in the belly of No. 46 is the way to go. Alfred Morris leads all running backs in yards per carry at 5.2 and now is just 175 yards shy of 1,000."
Now we're starting get somewhere on NFL.com. Washington stayed put at number 24 on their rankings but the second paragraph is right on the money. If the Redskins want to right this ship and finish even at the .500 mark, Alfred Morris needs to become more a factor than RG3. He's the key for the Redskins' offense.
Where the Washington Redskins are in Week 11 NFL power rankings: Pro Football Talk
"Last year's playoff team started 3-6, too. That's where the similarities end."
Short, sweet, to the point and right on the money. Washington dropped two spots to number 24 on this ranking. While having optimism for a playoff run is great for the fan base, this team is just nowhere near good enough to be the squad it was just one year ago.
After starting to move up the rankings just two weeks ago, Washington has dropped right back to the mid-20's where the rightfully belong. The loss to the Vikings was an ugly one and things are no longer looking up for this team. The last seven games of the season are shaping up to be painful and Washington could find themselves down around number 30 when all is said and done.
Brian Skinnell is a contributor for RantSports.com and Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brian_Skinnell.
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