Before you get overly concerned here, lets make it clear that we are not going to discuss every power ranking that comes out and how fair and reasonable (or unfair and unreasonable) the ranking might be. We could hire someone to do that fulltime from now through the end of the season and even then it would be hard to keep up.But we are going to talk about Pro Football Talk ranking the Redskins 24th in their power poll in part because they are our corporate cousins but also because their reasoning is pretty, well, reasonable.They talk about the strength at linebacker and at tight end and their challenges with the offensive line and at safety. I have to question the designation of the defensive line as an area of weakness, although they do note that Jarvis Jenkins could help considerably and that Barry Cofield might improve after learning nose tackle on the fly in 2011.On the bottom line, they say this:Defining success for the Redskins this season isnt easy. They could be better across the board this season and still wind up with a similar record than they had last year because they play in a deep NFC East.Ive been thinking that 8-8 will be a good record for them and PFT agrees. Obviously that would put them closer to the middle of the pack than to 24th but its hard to argue that the team that owned a 5-11 mark last year and has a rookie quarterback and some other question marks should be ranked much higher at the start of the season.What are your thoughts? Based on what we know right now, should the Redskins be ranked higher? Lower? About right?
Quinton Dunbar had one heck of a day in New York on Sunday in the Redskins 29-27 win over the Giants.
Dunbar grabbed an interception and made a catch in the same game, something no Redskins player has done since Champ Bailey on Christmas Eve in 2000. That was the last days of Bill Clinton's presidency, and four years prior to the invention of Facebook.
Dunbar's impressive feat was not done in vain either. Both the catch and interception were huge plays for Washington, one bigger than the next, in a game that swung back and forth for four quarters.
In the third quarter, Dunbar lined up as the gunner as the Redskins went to punt. Only the Redskins faked the punt, and Tress Way fired a pass down the left sideline to Dunbar. It was no easy catch either; Dunbar had to jump for the ball and had a defender right on him.
Later, as the Giants were driving to extend their fourth quarter lead and deep in 'Skins territory, Dunbar made an excellent one-handed leaping interception. It was a very athletic play and gave Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense the ball on what would prove to be a scoring drive.
In 2015 Dunbar proved his versatility to be a real asset for the Redskins. A receiver in college at the University of Florida, Washington flipped Dunbar to the other side of the ball to be a cornerback. As the 'Skins took off in the second half of last season, Dunbar came to be a integral part of the teams secondary.
That same versatility showed Sunday in New York, and now it has Dunbar's name next to Champ Bailey in the Redskins history books.
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Hype doesn't even begin to describe the attention put on Sunday's matchup between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham. The pairing of star cornerback and star receiver overshadowed the Redskins-Giants game, even though Washington came in desperate for a win.
Beckham versus Norman didn't disappoint either. It's overly simplifying the chess match between the two to declare a victor, but one side definitely left Giants Stadium smiling.
Make no mistake, Beckham got his. He recorded seven catches on 11 targets for more than 100 yards. But it's what Beckham didn't do - score a touchdown - that stands out.
Norman's play was solid throughout. He almost snagged a first half interception of Eli Manning and delivered a big hit on rookie Sterling Shepard in the second half that resulted in a personal foul penalty.
In the end though, Norman's team won. And that's what matters.
"It's an awesome day. Straight awesome day," Norman said after the game.
As the players took the field before the game, the Giants Stadium crowd shouted a lot of ugly comments Norman's direction. Then throughout the game Norman was repeatedly booed by the crowd.
"Towards the end I was just celebrating with my teammates, victoriously, you can't ask for nothing better than that."
Much too much was made of the Beckham/Norman pairing, and perhaps for the next NFC East game between the 'Skins and Giants the focus will be different. But on Sunday, Norman and Beckham were the story.
"He made some plays and I made my plays," Norman said of Beckham.
"We got a team win. That's what it was – the Washington Redskins versus the New York Giants."
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