Saturday, November 20, 2021

Washington Football Team Week 11 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: 25.2 (25th)
  • Best ranking: 24 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 27 (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Most important remaining game: Sunday at Panthers

Not only is the game against coach Ron Rivera's former team, it's also the next game -- and when you're 3-6, that's always the most important one. But in this case, it's even more so for another reason: Washington is coming off its most complete win over a good team (Tampa Bay) in a few years. If it wants to crawl back into any sort of wild-card contention or have that win build momentum, then it has to follow that game up with another strong showing -- and a victory. -- John Keim -- Rank: 26

This was the version of the Washington Football Team that Ron Rivera believed he was taking into battle in September. The defense picked off two Tom Brady passes and held the high-powered Bucs offense under 300 yards, while the offense closed the game out with one of the most impressive drives by any team this season. Taylor Heinicke led Washington on a stunning 19-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that bled more than 10 minutes in the final quarter and removed any chance of Brady riding in to save the day. It would have been a perfect Sunday if not for the terrible news that star pass rusher Chase Young tore his ACL in the game and must undergo reconstructive knee surgery. Just one of those years.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

By beating the Bucs, they are still alive in the playoff race. But losing Chase Young is a big blow to their defense - even if he wasn't playing as well as expected.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

Their best win of the season, a surprising upset of the Bucs, was diluted by the loss of their best player after DE Chase Young tore his ACL. Welp, should help them rise up the draft board to fix their QB issue if nothing else.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

Steal a player: Joey Bosa, Chargers linebacker

This would at least ease the sting of losing Chase Young, who is out the rest of the season with an ACL tear. It might also spark a Washington defense that wasn't very good even with Young. Washington was supposed to be carried by its defense. Instead, it's been sunk by it. The Football Team is 27th in the league in yards allowed per play (5.9) and just 21st in sacks (19). A hair-on-fire guy off the edge would help.

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