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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 15 roundup for Washington in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

These numbers reflect the first-half struggles en route to a 2-6 record. The defense, which was supposed to be the team's bedrock, stunk for most of that period -- last in points and 29th in yards. But in the past six games, Washington's defense ranks fourth in yards and eighth in points allowed. The special teams have been hurt by having five kicks or extra points blocked, though overall, they've been solid. The offensive ranking is indicative of the struggles. Washington has lost key players to injury (most notably quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and tight end Logan Thomas), and potential playmaker Curtis Samuel missed eight games with a groin injury and has yet to have the desired impact. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 18

Taylor Heinicke has had his moments this season, but the Washington offense too often looks mediocre when the high-moxie QB doesn't have a run game to fall back on. With Antonio Gibson and the ground attack neutralized by the Cowboys' stout front, Heinicke failed to move the offense before departing in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. It didn't help that Terry McLaurin exited the game with a concussion, but it's become increasingly clear this offense needs a talent infusion to take the next step. Does that include an upgrade at quarterback? If his body allows it, Heinicke will get four more games to make his case.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

With Taylor Heinicke injured, it could be Kyle Allen's time. He would face a big game this week against the Eagles.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

The defensive line that's supposed to be this team's foundation is suddenly almost unrecognizable with Jonathan Allen and Montez Sweat on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and Chase Young on injured reserve.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

Worst-case scenario: Another set of NFL owners' meetings will come and go this week with Daniel Snyder still firmly in control of the Washington Football Team, despite new reporting from The Washington Post about Snyder's attempts to interfere with the NFL's investigation into the workplace culture. That's it, that's the worst-case scenario for anyone hoping for better results on and off the field for this franchise.

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