Saturday, December 12, 2020

Washington Football Team Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

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: 20.8 (21st)
  • Best ranking: 17th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 26th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

Best-case scenario: They win the NFC East. Ron Rivera and Alex Smith have done the unthinkable: They've turned a franchise owned by Daniel Snyder into a feel-good story. Washington delivered a resilient win Monday against the Steelers to improve to 5-7. They have the same record as the Giants, but New York owns the tiebreaker since it won both head-to-head matchups.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

That defense is for real. That was an impressive victory at Pittsburgh, but now they face a tough trip to play the 49ers.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

Based on their 4-7 record entering Monday anyway, they were the "worst" team to ever knock off an undefeated squad with at least 11 wins. Hail to the Washington Football Team, now 3-1 with Alex Smith starting at quarterback.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Person with most at stake: QB Alex Smith

Smith already has proved quite a bit in just returning to the field after his gruesome leg injury. But is he just a good story for 2020? His numbers (four touchdowns, five interceptions) are fairly modest. But he is managing the game well, and the team is 3-1 with him as the starter. But can he direct wins versus good teams? (Monday's outing was a good start.) Can he be productive for a long period of time? Is he capable of starting in the future and grooming another young quarterback? If Smith wants to continue, his future role will depend in part on how well he plays down the stretch. -- John Keim -- Rank: 19

Washington knocked off the previously undefeated Steelers at Heinz Field on Monday, a complete team effort that should make people reconsider how much they really want to mock the NFC East at this point of the season. Both Washington and the Giants are surging, but only Ron Rivera's team can say it wiped out a 14-point deficit on the road to defeat the NFL's last unbeaten team. Montez Sweat and Chase Young caused havoc all game long in the trenches, while Alex Smith added another page-turning chapter to his epic comeback tale. Smith made a host of money throws during Washington's stunning second-half surge, coolly leading Washington up and down the field against Pittsburgh's top-ranked scoring defense. Believe in The Football Team.

Previous update: Washington Football Team Week 13 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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