Friday, September 25, 2020

Washington Football Team Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Washington Football Team rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 27.4 (27th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 31st (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

What we learned: They should be throwing to Terry McLaurin at least 15 times per game. The offense really has nothing else. Dwayne Haskins is erratic. The offensive line has holes. And the other pass-catching options are average at best. McLaurin has shown since his rookie season that he has the skill set to be a number one featured receiver. He can separate. He can make tough catches. And he can make plays with the ball in his hands. McLaurin had seven catches for 125 yards on 10 targets in Washington's loss to the Cardinals. They need to feed him more. It's their only chance.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They came back to reality against Arizona after their Week 1 upset of the Eagles. The defense had a rough showing.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Seems like owner Dan Snyder is OK despite being quarantined. Maybe for everyone's sake, he should consider extended (permanent?) isolation period.

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Antonio Gibson

Outside of Terry McLaurin, no one is really a strong fantasy play right now; but the one to watch remains Gibson. The rookie has rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in two games; as the season progresses, he'll get more carries because this offense lacks playmakers -- and he has the potential to become one. He has shown flashes and has come close to breaking long runs; eventually, he will break one or two. The confusing part is that the former college wideout has only caught three passes. That should improve. -- John Keim -- Rank: 26

The ferocious Washington pass rush was one of the biggest stories to come out of Week 1. But getting after Carson Wentz (to the tune of eight sacks) proved to be a far easier task than containing Kyler Murray, who ran for two scores and threw for another in a 30-15 Cardinals victory. The bigger concern for Washington in this game came on offense, however. The Dwayne Haskins attack was stuck in neutral as Arizona built a 20-0 lead by halftime. (Arizona hadn't shut out a team in the first half since 2017.) The lone bright spot was second-year wideout Terry McLaurin, who finished with 125 receiving yards at a gaudy 17.9 yards per catch. Get that man some help.

Previous update: Washington Football Team Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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