Saturday, January 1, 2022

Washington Football Team Week 17 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: 24.2 (24th)
  • Best ranking: 23 (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 26 (

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 24

Non-QB MVP: DT Jonathan Allen

The bench fight with teammate Daron Payne on Sunday notwithstanding, Allen has had a terrific season, resulting in his first Pro Bowl berth. He has been, by far, the most consistent player -- at a high level -- for Washington this season. Allen established a career high in sacks with 8.5 and also has 10 tackles for a loss -- seven more than last season. Allen said he is playing the best of his career, largely because he has been more consistent. He has won with a variety of inside moves, including a hump move once a staple of the late Reggie White. Washington's defensive issues this season do not stem from issues with Allen. -- John Keim -- Rank: 26

The Cowboys appeared to be playing a different sport than the Football Team on Sunday night. Dallas rolled to a 42-7 halftime lead en route to a 56-14 loss for Washington that should serve as a reminder of how much work needs to be done to get this organization back to true contender status. Taylor Heinicke looked overwhelmed in his return to the lineup after a COVID-19 absence, unable to get anything going before mercifully being lifted in favor of Kyle Allen in the fourth quarter. Washington didn't lose to the Cowboys because of Heinicke, but it stands to reason the franchise should be aggressive in its attempt to upgrade the position during an offseason that's rapidly approaching.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

Their season is over. They had a lot of high hopes coming because of the defense, but it never lived up to the hype.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

WFT went full anagram Sunday night, embarrassing itself on and off the field in front of a national TV audience. And some obsolete advice? Leave those team benches in Dallas.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

Is he The Guy? No. Taylor Heinicke has been serviceable for Washington this season, and yes, sometimes he's even been exciting. But if Washington goes into next season with Heinicke as its starter, something has gone wrong with its offseason plan. Sunday's loss to Dallas showed just how far Washington is from the best team in the division at so many positions, most importantly quarterback.

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