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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Washington Football Team

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:

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Be thankful for: A team that is still alive for the playoffs at Thanksgiving. I could have made a joke here about being thankful that Daniel Snyder hasn't done anything to embarrass himself or the organization in at least a week, but I didn't do that. Ron Rivera's team has cycled through three quarterbacks but has looked mostly competent. No one's going to throw a parade for winning the NFC East, but at least Washington still has something to play for going into Week 12.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

Their game with the Cowboys will put the winner in first place. Can you believe it? The defense will have to come up big.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Offensive ascent has essentially coincided with QB Alex Smith's return to lineup. The WFT has scored 20+ points in four straight games for the first time in three years.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

What they're thankful for: QB Alex Smith

In a year that has been occasionally bad or dreadful for this franchise, Smith has served as a feel-good story. There are some talented young players in Washington, notably receiver Terry McLaurin and defensive end Chase Young, but Smith's play -- coupled with his two-year recovery from a horrific leg injury -- serves as an inspiration. On the field, Smith gives Washington a shot to finish strong. His knowledge and comfort in the offense has been evident and his calmness rubs off on the others. Even if Washington doesn't win a bad division, Smith has helped develop its young players with his experience and wisdom. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 28

Alex Smith's incredible comeback feels complete now. He survived the injury, put in the endless rehab, got cleared, earned a spot on the roster, worked his way up the depth chart, cracked the lineup, and now, for the first time in more than two years, won a start. Smith's performance in a 20-9 win over the Bengals was on brand in its understated efficiency (17 of 25 for 166 yards and a touchdown), and there's little question he's the most qualified quarterback to be leading Washington in its chase for a division title. A Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Cowboys provides another showcase for Smith and his amazing journey -- it will be hard not to root for him while you eat your turkey.

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