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Just how good are the Washington Redskins?

He's everywhere. He's everywhere. RGIII is everywhere. Robert Griffin III is the consistent candidate for Rookie of the Week/Month/Year, but how about about the Washington Redskins in power polls.

Washington already matched the three CBS Sports columnist Steve Prisco predicted for them. And they are way above the 21 average points per game he expected. In fact, they haven't scored as few as 21 points all season.

Greg Gagnon has the Redskins as the second-best Beast team on the latest power poll on the This Given Sunday Blog. Here is his ranking:

2.   Giants
11. Redskins
18. Eagles
20. Cowboys

NFL.com columnist Gregg Rosenthal isn't sold on an upper-half ranking for the 'Skins in his latest power poll.

1.   Giants
11. Eagles
15. Cowboys
18. Redskins

Don Banks ranks the division this way:

3.  Giants
13. Eagles
16. Redskins
23. Cowboys

Sportsbook Bovada.lv set these lines for Beast teams to take the division going into Week 7:

Giants – 4/5
Eagles – 3/1
Cowboys – 4/1
Redskins – 13/2

Hog Heaven prefers This Given Sunday's ranking. In truth, our preseason expectation was division third-place for Washington with the possibility of nine wins. We didn't expect any Beast team to win more than nine games playing each other and the AFC North.

Washington faces its first division test away against the Super Bowl Giants. New York has gone 6-2 in the regular season, and they won the Super Bowl, since their December loss to the Redskins. The Giants already fell to division rivals, and Tom Coughlin won't let the team forget it.

Division preseason favorite Philadelphia is in turmoil with plenty of season left to set things a-right. Dallas is Dallas – perennial near misses.

The AFC North closed the 2011 campaign with four of the league's toughest defenses. They are still tough, but perhaps not the juggernauts they were. Washington already lost to Cincinnati. The Steelers lost to the Tebow Broncos in a playoff game. The Ravens may be without Ray Lewis and other key players. Fair warning: The Browns defense is not to be overlooked. 

Every team at the top of the NFL has a flaw, says Rosenthal. There are always possibilities, says Mr. Spock.

Image: October 2012, (cc) JoeGlow Photobraphy, Some Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

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Anthony Brown

About Anthony Brown

Lifelong Redskins fan and blogger about football and life since 2004. Joined MVN's Hog Heaven blog in 2005 and then moved Redskins Hog Heaven to Bolguin Network. Believes that the course of a season is pre-ordained by management decisions made during the offseason. Can occasionally be found on the This Given Sunday blog and he does guest posts.

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