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

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Fantasy surprise: QB Taylor Heinicke

It has to be Heinicke, considering that the others making plays -- Terry McLaurin, Logan Thomas, Antonio Gibson -- aren't surprising. But Heinicke came in for injured starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns in a comeback win over the New York Giants. The only issue for fantasy -- and it's a pivotal one -- is that while Heinicke can run, it's not smart for him to do so. That's why he has only carried seven times for 23 yards. But Heinicke will remain the starter for at least the next five or six weeks -- the earliest that Fitzpatrick might return. There's a lot to still learn about him, but in his two starts with Washington, Heinicke has thrown for a combined 642 yards and three touchdowns. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 21

The Washington Football Team may not have Ryan Fitzpatrick, but they still have hope in the form of Taylor Heinicke, who moved the offense with purpose in a 30-29 win over the Giants on Thursday Night Football. Washington was greatly aided by several huge miscues from New York, but Ron Rivera and Co. deserve credit for walking through the door the opponent held open for them. Heinicke wasn't perfect in the win, but he made enough big throws to make you think he can turn himself into Washington's season-long starter -- regardless of Fitzpatrick's health. "He's always ready for his moment," Terry McLaurin said of Heinicke. "I love the guy."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

The surprise so far to their season has been the so-so play of the defense. They should be better than they've showed, something that has to change this week against the Bills.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

Breaking a five-game losing streak to the Giants means the WFT will be undefeated in NFC East play for the next 12 weeks, at which point they'll conclude the regular season with five consecutive divisional matchups.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

Taylor Heinicke was just good enough when he mattered against the Giants in Week 2, particularly with his 19-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown to Ricky Seals-Jones, but it's hard to have much long-term confidence in either Heinicke or the Washington quarterback situation as a whole. Ryan Fitzpatrick is on injured reserve until at least midseason, and there's not much depth behind Heinicke, who has his own spotty injury history (including a sprained shoulder in his limited playoff action last season).

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