Power Rankings: No. 29 Washington

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

Preseason: 10 | Last Week: 27 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Washington Redskins fell in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings. In related news, it’s Tuesday.

The Redskins have spent the season playing poorly and their ranking has reflected that; nobody is about to argue that point. They’re 29th and propped up only because the voters consider Atlanta, Jacksonville and Houston worse. But if the Jaguars beat Houston on Thursday and the Redskins lose to the New York Giants, they could plummet further. The Redskins went south for training camp, and then the season went that way in a hurry.

The question is, where do they go from here? Washington’s players and coaches must prove that they are indeed going in the right direction. But the voters keep sending them in the other direction.

I’ve seen defeated teams at the end of seasons. Oftentimes they’re not surprised by what’s happened when they’re being honest. This team is more confused and shocked by what’s happened. But if it continues, nobody should feel that way. The groundwork has been laid; the precedent has been set.