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

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

At 2-5, they're very much alive and well in the race for the NFC East. Washington has a 30.5 percent chance to take the division, according to Douglas' projections. Their four games coming out of the bye are all winnable: Giants, at Detroit, Bengals, at Dallas.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

They come off their bye still in the division race. That's hard to believe, but it's true.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

All four opponents the Football Team will face in November have sub-.500 records. Don't count Washington out of NFC East just yet.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Reason for optimism: Young defensive ends

You could say it's the entire line, but the ends have a chance to be real good for a long time. And it isn't just Chase Young, the No. 2 pick in the spring, who has stood out. It's also second-year player Montez Sweat. Both play the run well and can rush the passer; both have good length and physical presence. They should be valuable bookends for years. Sweat leads Washington with five sacks while Young has 2.5. But Young is the one usually getting doubled or chipped and is the one offensive lines often will slide toward -- leading to better situations for others. As Young matures, he could become a star. Sweat is 24; Young is 21. Washington is set for a while. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 28

The Football Team hit the Week 8 bye in a nice place. A lopsided win over the hated Cowboys is always cause for celebration, and Ron Rivera ringing the bell to signal the conclusion of his cancer treatment was a thing of beauty. Entering Halloween with just two wins is usually a death sentence, but the NFC East doesn't look like it will put any team in position to play out the string. And if that's the case, why not just take the damn division? Washington has a strong defense -- ranked fifth in DVOA by Football Outsiders -- and has improved on offense with Kyle Allen and, especially, running back Antonio Gibson in the front of the mix. This is no Super Bowl contender, but why can't Washington be the NFC East team hosting a playoff game in January?

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