Power rankings are designed to be equivalent to an approximate rankings of NFL teams, No. 1-32. What it actually turns into is an over-hyped barometer that shamelessly follows winning and losing streaks, and has no ability to predict future results.
In other words, it’s pointless in principle, product and practice. But they are fun when your team is winning.
Throughout the course of the season, win or lose, I’ve brought you the power rankings roundup, looking at the somewhat respected rankings of CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN. Before Week 1, the Redskins were ranked in the bottom five teams on all charts.
Going into the team’s Week 5 bye week, the team ranked as high as the Top-10 on the ESPN charts, and was not far behind on others. After Week 17, the Redskins are a whole lot closer to the Week 1 rankings than most would have predicted in Week 5.
But, as I noted before, power rankings do little to predict where a team is going–only where it’s been. So take these power ranki...