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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 13 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Exceeding expectations: I wasn't sure where to put Ron Rivera, but any time you undergo cancer treatments while simultaneously serving as not only the head coach but also the voice of the organization, you deserve top marks. Washington is 3-2 in its last five games, and its last three losses have been by three points or fewer. At 4-7, Rivera has Washington tied for first place in the NFC East.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

Can you believe they are tied for first place in the division? The schedule gets a little tougher the rest of the way, but that defensive front will keep them in games.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

They're probably hottest (lukewarmest?) team in bad division, but draw Steelers, 49ers and Seahawks over next three weeks.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Most important game remaining: Week 17 at Philadelphia

Because it's the NFC East, Washington doesn't need to be perfect down the stretch even with a 4-7 record. But it will have to win at least two more games if it wants to win the division. That means Washington will have to win one game in the next four -- a difficult stretch that includes Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle and Carolina. If it can get to 5-10 entering the finale, it has a shot. To be safe, if Washington wins two of its next four games it would enter the last game likely being able to clinch with a win, which would give Washington a 4-2 division record. That could prove key in a tiebreaker scenario. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 25

The only thing that would make sense in the NFC East this season is Alex Smith leading Washington to the division title. It suddenly feels like a very real possibility after the Football Team blew out the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in Jerrah World. Smith's journey from a life-threatening on-field injury to QB of a playoff-contending team is Disney-movie remarkable, but he's not being asked to do it alone. Washington's front seven is a problem for teams who struggle to block up front (there's a lot of those!), and rookie Antonio Gibson is turning into an impact player in the backfield. Gibson rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-icing 23-yard score on the first play after Dallas' ludicrous failed fake-punt attempt in the fourth quarter. Keeping this momentum could prove difficult on Monday in Pittsburgh.

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