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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 10/25/2007

Vegas's NFL Power Ratings, and Skins as Dogs

Redskins lose to Green Bay (but cover) and move up in the Vegas rankings. Redskins beat Arizona (but don't cover) and move down in the Vegas rankings. Vegas, via Las Vegas Sports Consultants, says the Redskins are now 12th best in the league, and the sixth-strongest NFC team, behind Dallas, the Giants, Green Bay, Chicago and Seattle. It appears possible that Washington might be favored in no more than three of its remaining games (vs. Philly, vs. Buffalo, vs. Chicago), with two up in the air (at Jets, at Vikings), meaning Vegas sees a final record of between 7-9 and 9-7. Meaning this whole deal could come down to the final home game vs. Dallas on the day before New Year's Eve.

Also, with thanks to the fine folks at Redskins Radio (Motto: Pay no attention to our URL), here's a blog post from Kevin O'Neill at Real World Sports, demonstrating that this week's "biggest underdog in the history of team sports" Redskins aren't even the biggest dog in the past two decades of Skindom.

On their three trips to Dallas in 1993, 1994, and 1995 the Redskins were catching 17, 16, and 17.5 points. They actually won the last of those games. On December 3, 1995, as a 17.5 point puppy, Washington pulled off a stunning 24-17 outright win. The 2007 Redskins have a heck of a defense for a team getting 16-points and the franchise is in much better shape than it was from 1993-1995, when they went 12-36 over the three year span.

Other power rankings: FoxSports says 10th, ESPN.com says 10th, NFL.com says 7th, CBSSports says 13th, Yoohoo!!!!!! says 8th/10th and NBCSports says 12th. Football Outsiders's stats say 11th.

Vegas's full rankings after the jump.

1. NEW ENGLAND
2. INDIANAPOLIS
3. DALLAS
4. SAN DIEGO
5. PITTSBURGH
6. NEW YORK GIANTS
7. JACKSONVILLE
8t. TENNESSEE
8t. GREEN BAY
10t. CHICAGO
10t. SEATTLE
12. WASHINGTON
13. DENVER
14. BALTIMORE
15. PHILADELPHIA
16. CINCINNATI
17. TAMPA BAY
18. CAROLINA
19. NEW ORLEANS
20. ARIZONA
21. KANSAS CITY
22. CLEVELAND
23. DETROIT
24. MINNESOTA
25. HOUSTON
26. OAKLAND
27t. NEW YORK JETS
27t. SAN FRANCISCO
29. BUFFALO
30. SAINT LOUIS
31. ATLANTA
32. MIAMI

By  |  01:59 PM ET, 10/25/2007

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