Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Washington Football Team Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 23.0 (23rd)
  • Best ranking: 22nd (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

The quarterback play has been as expected, given that starter Ryan Fitzpatrick was hurt in the second quarter of the opener. Taylor Heinicke is a terrific story, and he is capable of helping, but he is limited. He threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Giants, but he had only 212 passing yards and forced two throws for ugly picks versus the Bills. While he can spark a team, he is unable to carry one. The sad thing is, it's better overall play than last season, when Washington ranked last with a 32.6 rating. But going forward, Washington will look, once more, for a long-term solution in the offseason. -- John Keim -- Rank: 24

The Washington Football Team is one gift-wrapped victory from the Giants away from an 0-3 start, and the failure of the defense to meet expectations is the main reason why. Washington surrendered points on seven of Buffalo's first nine possessions on Sunday, as Josh Allen picked apart the secondary without being sacked once in a 43-21 loss in Orchard Park. The Bills scored 27 points in the first half; Allen was over 300 yards passing with nine minutes to play in the third quarter. Washington has time to sort things out, but the team's primary strength has turned into its biggest weakness. Said Ron Rivera: "We got a long way to go."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

The defense, which looked like it would be dominant before the season, has been a disaster. It can't stop anybody. That's hard to believe with the talent of the front seven.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

A defense that was the league's second best statistically in 2020 is currently its second worst and has only six sacks despite its vaunted front.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

Surprise! We were told Washington's defensive line would be dominant. What happened? Where are they? The lack of production from the collective group of Chase Young (who has yet to record a sack this season), Montez Sweat, Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne has been one of the biggest early mysteries of this season.

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