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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Washington Football Team

Throughout the 2021 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 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

The run game and the defense showed up. Neither was consistent early in the season, and the defense was just plain awful. But Washington has won three straight by using a formula of strong defense and a physical run game. In fact, the defense has held each of the past four opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense. And in the past two weeks, the run game has compiled 334 yards. Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke has done a good job managing the game during this stretch, as well. The confidence level is growing. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 20

Newsflash out of Washington: The Football Team is alive and well. The winning streak is up to three after a 17-15 victory over the Seahawks, a prime-time conquest that moved Washington into the seventh seed in the NFC playoffs and brought them within shouting distance (two games back) of the slumping Cowboys in the NFC East. Washington beat the Seahawks by using Ron Rivera's most beloved formula: Run the football and play stout defense. Washington's defense forced Seattle into five consecutive three-and-outs at one point, leading to over 41 minutes of possession time for Taylor Heinicke and Co. Washington isn't the most talented team ... but it believes.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

They have won three straight to get back into the playoff race. The defense has really picked it up the past three weeks. They would be in if the playoffs started today.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Monday night's escape act from Seattle vaulted the WFT from 12th in the NFC to seventh, i.e. the final wild-card spot. Those who opined this was a wasted season -- me -- are perusing crow options on the menu.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

Problem area: Consistent quarterback play. Washington is scoring at a better rate in the red zone than it was in the first few months of the season. But with the Raiders, Cowboys (twice) and Eagles (also twice) ahead, is Taylor Heinicke consistent enough for Washington to challenge for a playoff spot? He's given the Football Team a spark at times, but he also has three multi-interception games this season and only four multi-touchdown games.

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