COMMENTARY | For just over a half on Sunday afternoon, the Washington Redskins gave the NFL's best team, the Denver Broncos, quite an upset scare. After an ugly second half collapse, the Broncos defeated the Redskins, 45-21.
As I discussed in my game recap and analysis Monday, the Redskins defeated themselves. After scoring 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and beginning of the third quarter, they then became over powered by the Broncos. In the blink of an eye, they went from being up 21-7, to losing by 24 after Denver put up 38 unanswered points of their own.
Here is a look at where the Redskins rank in some of this week's NFL power rankings.
Yahoo -- Frank Schwab -- No. 29 (Last Week: 27)
"No back in the NFL's top 14 in rushing yards has fewer attempts or more yards per carry than Alfred Morris. The Redskins won their final seven games last year, and Morris had at least 20 carries in every game. He hasn't had 20 carries in a game yet this season. Pretty baffling, if you ask me."
Schwab makes a very astute conclusion here. One of the NFL's best running backs, Alfred Morris, is severely underused by the Redskins and it certainly isn't helping them win any ball games.
CBS Sports -- Pat Kirwan -- No. 24 (Last Week: 22)
"Robert Griffin III is tough, but I'm not sure he will last very long in the NFL with the pounding he takes. The defense gives up more points than any team not named the Jaguars."
The Redskins' offensive line is certainly going to have to do better. While it doesn't help that the offense becomes too one-dimensional around Robert Griffin III, too many guys are getting beat in one-on-one situations. The big knock on RG3 is that he doesn't protect himself when he runs. Well, his offensive linemen don't protect him very well when he passes, either.
Fox Sports -- Brian Billick -- No. 20 (Last Week: 24)
"Kirk Cousins should be a starting QB in this league."
Can't really call this an expert analysis, but it's an opinion that I'm sure most people share. Keep in mind, when Cousins entered the game following RG3's injury, it was garbage time and the game was well in hand. Also, the Broncos didn't game plan for Cousins, so it was a completely different look for them. It's also interesting that Washington climbed a whopping four spots after this ugly loss.
NFL.com -- Elliot Harrison -- No. 28 (Last Week: No. 27)
"Washington was looking good there in the first half against Denver on Sunday, and then everything fell apart. The defense couldn't get a stop as the Broncos went on a 38-0 run from the middle of the third quarter on. Of course, it doesn't help when Robert Griffin III is throwing the ball carelessly and Pierre Garcon is slipping as he comes out of his route. Griffin looked subpar all day, ultimately going 15-for-30 for 132 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
The Redskins ' best chance to win is still by running the ball and taking what the defense gives them. Alfred Morris averaged more than 5 yards per carry for a third consecutive game; with Roy Helu waiting in the wings, there's no reason Washington shouldn't run the ball 35 to 40 times per contest."
The second half of Harrison's analysis is the most intriguing. He's correct in his analysis of Griffin's "subpar" performance throwing the ball, but he's dead on in saying that Alfred Morris should be the featured man in this offense.
ESPN -- No. 24 (Last Week: 23)
"Give the man some time! Robert Griffin III was sacked or put under duress on 42 percent of his dropbacks Sunday, the highest percentage of his career."
ESPN brings up a good point when it comes to RG3's struggles against Denver. Simply put, he was constantly running for his life, especially in the second half. However, having a balanced offense, something that Washington didn't have in the second half against Denver, can help alleviate the pressure that is put on Robert Griffin III when he drops back to pass.
Overall for the Redskins, their place on the rankings didn't change all that much. The farthest they dropped was two places in Yahoo Sports' and CBS Sports' power rankings and they surprisingly climbed four spots to number 20 on Fox Sports' rankings.
There seems to be a consensus on the fact that Alfred Morris can have a huge impact on this team, one even bigger than Robert Griffin III's. Using Morris to establish a run game would certainly take a lot of pressure off of the offensive line and RG3 when the Redskins pass the ball. Against the Chargers this Sunday, Washington should take advantage of their workhorse in Morris.
The San Diego Chargers are ranked either 11th or 12th in all five of these power rankings. A victory over them, something that it quite doable, would help in improving Washington's position. However, most of the rankings mention the start that quarterback Philip Rivers is off to this season and that is something the Redskins should make note of, as well.
Brian Skinnell is a contributor for RantSports.com and Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brian_Skinnell.
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