Here are a bunch of facts about the Redskins that are true.
1) They won the NFC East last year.
2) They were the only team in the NFC East last year to finish with a winning record.
3) The team's offense — through the draft, free agency and players getting healthy — got deeper at wide receiver, tight end and offensive line during the offseason, while also keeping their rising quarterback.
4) The team's defense, meanwhile, signed an All-Pro corner that'll significantly help the unit as a whole.
Now, here are a bunch of facts about the rest of the teams in the NFC East.
1) The Cowboys are relying on a very injury-prone (and possibly fat) quarterback to not be injury-prone (and probably to not be fat as well), and won less than half the games the Redskins did in 2015.
2) The Eagles look like they're going to start Sam Bradford, and, well, yeah, that's probably all you need to know about their hopes and dreams.
3) The Giants should be better than they were a season ago, but they still finished 6-10 and are going into this year with a new head coach and a very different defense (one that was dreadful the last time we saw them).
That's a brief summation of the overall state of the division, but it paints a pretty clear picture that the Redskins (for once) are the stable ones and a franchise that should be gaining respect.
So that's why Madden 17's recently released ratings of Washington, Dallas, Philadelphia and New York — which basically add up as a giant middle finger to the Burgundy and Gold — come off as very surprising. Insulting, too.
Despite the bullet points listed above, the Redskins check in as the NFC East's worst group, according to EA Sports. The legendary football video game handed Jay Gruden's guys a 79, which falls behind the Giants and Eagles (both squads are an 80) and the Cowboys (84) (yes, that says 84) (yes, that still does say 84, as in 80 plus four, as in five points better than the 'Skins).
The argument that it's just Madden and what's the point of caring about Madden and Scot McCloughan may not even know what Madden is is a fair one to bring up. And sure, maybe some view Washington's 9-7 campaign and their current roster in not so nice a light as others.
However, there is no way the Redskins should be in the cellar of the NFC East ratings. Yeah, it's just a frivolous number, but it's also one that makes zero sense. In fact, putting them third would have even been unreasonable. But fourth? Fourth?
If anyone has a spare challenge flag lying around, feel free to throw it now. This decision needs to be reviewed.