Friday, October 13, 2023

Washington Commanders Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Washington Commanders in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Fantasy surprise: WR Terry McLaurin

McLaurin remains a very good receiver; the opportunities have changed, however. He's averaging career lows in targets per game (6.5), yards per catch (10.4), yards after the catch (2.52) and also in percentage of catches for 20-plus yards (12). He is catching five passes per game, second best in his career, but McLaurin has now gone nine consecutive games without a 100-yard game, dating to last season. He averaged 13.5 fantasy points last season and that has fallen to 12.6, ranking 27th at receiver. One big game could change this direction, but Washington needs to get him more involved downfield to create big plays as he's done in the past. -- John Keim -- Rank: 26

Winnable games lie ahead, but there are some really concerning trends that must end before harboring those thoughts. The high-profile defense is being gashed by big plays. Sam Howell is taking way too many hits. And the rookie class has provided little help, with first-round CB Emmanuel Forbes Jr. suffering through another tough outing last week. Arguably the most fixable of the issues is the defensive front. Dominating more and playing with more discipline on the D-line would help alleviate the secondary concerns. The Commanders' celebrated group of QB hunters is racking up pressures and sacks, but it hasn't taken over games enough. That unit is at least part of why Washington's defense has taken a step backward.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

That was a terrible showing against the Bears. What is wrong with that defense? It's hard to believe that unit is that bad.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Only Denver has surrendered more points than Washington's 160. Only Minnesota has turned it over more times than Washington's 10. Lethal combo.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

With the season starting to go south, new Washington owner Josh Harris surely is starting to think about cleaning house in the Commanders football offices. Coach Ron Rivera entered the season on shaky ground, and the 2023 draft class isn't doing general manager Martin Mayhew any favors. First-round cornerback Emmanuel Forbes was benched Thursday night after being torched by DJ Moore, and no one else in the class has made much impact.

FOX -- Rank: 22

Dallas turned in the most embarrassing performance of Week 5, but don't forget about the Commanders. Thursday Night Football, at home, against a winless Bears team. Washington was a six-point favorite. And they got absolutely crushed. Not a great look for Ron Rivera, a defensive guru, to allow Justin Fields to play the game of his career.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 25

It felt like Thursday night's loss was the end of the Ron Rivera era, not in a literal sense but practically speaking. The Commanders looked unprepared and the 0-4 Bears wrecked them. New ownership didn't hire Rivera and have no reason to keep him around if the season doesn't get better. At the very least, it seems Rivera is coaching for his job the rest of the season.

PFT -- Rank: 25

The always-smiling Magic Johnson suddenly isn't.

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