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

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Most improved player: QB Taylor Heinicke

How they've improved: There aren't many candidates here -- maybe returner DeAndre Carter -- but Heinicke certainly qualifies when you compare him to where he was in 2020: attending classes at Old Dominion University. He was just about done thinking he'd be back in the NFL. For that reason alone, he is the WFT's most improved player. Heinicke has his limitations, and they're on display against really good defenses -- four combined picks in losses to Buffalo and New Orleans. But he has thrown for 1,208 yards and eight touchdowns (with five picks), and he has led two late, game-winning drives. His future might just be as a solid backup, but a year ago he was an NFL afterthought. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 26

Is there a more disappointing defense in football than Washington's this year? Ron Rivera's D made progress in pass-rushing and takeaways against the Saints, but the inability to stop big plays continued to haunt the Football Team in a 33-22 loss. On Sunday, Washington allowed a 72-yard touchdown to Deonte Harris and a Hail Mary score to Marquez Callaway at the end of the first half. After the game, Washington players said they didn't see the end zone heave coming, which, hoo boy. Said Rivera: "I'm very frustrated, because we have too many good football players to not be better than what we are right now."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

It's hard to believe we imagined a dominant defense in Washington. That unit isn't good right now and they face a must-win game this week against Kansas City.

USA Today -- Rank: 22

An overhyped defense continues to be a massive disappointment, allowing an NFC-worst 31 points per game. The WFT has already allowed at least 29 points in four games, something it did just five times in the entire 2020 regular season.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Breakout player: We suppose it says a lot about the state of the Washington Football Team that it was really hard to pick a worthy breakout player. So here we are with defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, who, when things are going well for the Washington defense, is overshadowed by some of his teammates on the defensive front. But lost in Washington's front-seven struggles this season is how consistent Allen has been. He's already credited with 12 quarterback hits, just three shy of his career high. That's the type of production Washington needs after it signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract earlier this year.

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