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

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

They are 2-1 against NFC East teams, and Washington's only loss came by one point when Ron Rivera decided to go for two and the win at the end. Washington's defense ranks sixth, but they lost Landon Collins to injury Sunday. If they can beat the Giants after their bye, they'll be in the mix for the division at 3-5.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

They dominated the Cowboys on Sunday to get their second victory of the season. Their defensive line is nasty.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

The Football Team mopped up Dallas on Sunday, and Ron Rivera mopped up his skin cancer treatments Monday. Wishing you another blowout victory, Coach.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Who needs to step up: RB Peyton Barber

There are more than a few who belong on this list, and Barber might not be needed as much if rookie Antonio Gibson becomes a consistent back. But for now, Barber keeps getting carries in Washington's jumbo package and has averaged 2.13 yards on 38 carries. He averages only 0.63 yards after contact. It's not like he is always getting huge holes, so his lack of production goes to the entire group. But if Washington keeps using him in this role, then the production has to be greater. This team will not win with its pass game and therefore needs to be more effective with Barber in the game. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 28

Washington hit its Week 8 bye on a high note, manhandling the hated Cowboys in a 25-3 win that cast America's Team deeper into the abyss. Outplaying an injury-ravaged and dysfunctional Dallas team is no tall order, but it's how Washington did it that makes you optimistic. Kyle Allen played a steady game that justified Ron Rivera's decision to move away from former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, while Antonio Gibson ran for 128 yards and a touchdown, another sign he could be a long-term answer in the backfield. Functional QB play also allowed Terry McLaurin to get going again, with seven catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. We know the Washington defense can play -- if the offense can get to average, they have a real chance in the NFC East.

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