Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Washington Football Team Week 8 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: 26.0 (27th)
  • Best ranking: 24th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 27th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Prediction we missed: The defensive line would be excellent.

Oops. Washington ranked second in yards and fourth in points last season, and while it was facing a far more difficult schedule, it also had a young line considered one of the best in the NFL. There was reason to believe the unit would still at least be near the top 10. Instead, it's last in points allowed and 29th in yards. Washington played a strong game vs. Green Bay and the line has started to look much better. The issues also haven't just stemmed from facing better quarterbacks; a lack of adherence to details -- leading to poor rushes or blown coverage -- has undermined the team. -- John Keim -- Rank: 27

The Football Team outgained the Packers by 126 yards (430-304) and played -- by far -- their best defensive game of the season ... yet still found themselves on the wrong side of a double-digit defeat thanks to two crushing failures in the third quarter. Taylor Heinicke's overturned TD was highway robbery that should be addressed by the Common Sense Police (or, at least the Competition Committee in the offseason), but there was no excuse for the back-to-back fourth-down failures near the goal line that spelled doom at Lambeau Field. There were plenty of positives to take out of Sunday, but there hasn't been a more frustrating loss this season for Ron Rivera's team.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

It's becoming so obvious that they can't win games without a franchise quarterback. But that won't come anytime this season. The playoffs are done.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

Since start of 2020 season, they have five wins against NFC East teams and four against everybody else. Bummer WFT won't play another divisional game until Week 14.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Trick or treat: Scary Terry McLaurin is a great nickname in any season -- and McLaurin is a darn good player, too. But the Washington Football Team isn't having a happy Halloween because it has lost three straight games by double digits. Several scoring opportunities were missed Sunday in Green Bay, and though the final score was deceiving, it still goes down as another disappointing loss. Now, Washington is on to Denver for a battle of teams both headed in the wrong direction.

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