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:
- Average ranking: 16.4 (15th)
- Best ranking: 15th (Multiple)
- Worst ranking: 18th (Multiple)
Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 18
No. 2 overall pick Chase Young is coming off his signature game as a rookie. Young was dominant with a sack, two tackles for loss, two passes defended, two QB hits and a touchdown in Washington's win over the 49ers. His 5.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss are both tops among rookies, and Young appears to be coming on strong. Washington leapfrogged the Giants to take over first place in the NFC East.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 16
Their defense is good enough to win the NFC East. They get more dominant by the week on that side of the ball, but here comes Russell Wilson.
USA Today -- Rank: 15
They've won four in row for the first time in four years. They also have their first 1,000-yard receiver (Terry McLaurin) since 2016.
ESPN -- Rank: 18
This is what everyone anticipated entering the season: The defense would have to lead this franchise, and it has. With five first-round picks along the defensive line and the No. 2 overall pick in Chase Young, that's how it should be. Washington's defense ranks in the top 10 in both yards and points allowed; it hasn't finished a season that way since 2008. The offense needs work and remains inconsistent; that, too, hasn't been a surprise. At season's start, coach Ron Rivera said it might not be until 2021 that the offense really starts humming. This team is better with quarterback Alex Smith but still inconsistent. The special-teams coverage has been good, and punter Tress Way has been terrific. -- John Keim
NFL.com -- Rank: 15
Chase Young is transforming into the dominant player Washington thought it was getting when it selected the Ohio State All-American with the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. In Sunday's 23-15 win over the 49ers, Young became the fifth player since 2000 to record a sack, force a fumble, recover a fumble, record a defensive touchdown and have two passes defensed in one game. Washington's defensive front is loaded with talented players, but no one jumps out quite like Young, a born playmaker who possesses a rare combination of size and speed. The win, coupled with a Giants loss to the Cardinals, puts Washington all alone atop the NFC East with three games to play. Young looms as an X-factor.
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