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

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Something was off about the defense in the opener that led to a lower-than-expected confidence rating -- plus quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick got hurt. It hasn't improved, as the defense ranks last in points allowed and 31st in yards -- a far cry from fourth in points and second in yards in 2020. Some of it is about the schedule, but certainly not all. And while Taylor Heinicke is a nice story, Washington needs more firepower, and Heinicke is always in a position where he must carry the day, which leads to turnovers and mistakes. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 26

Things started beautifully on the afternoon Sean Taylor's No. 21 was retired at FedExField: Washington's defense stepped up and forced three first-half turnovers, including two Patrick Mahomes interceptions. Taylor Heinicke had a pretty touchdown connection to Ricky Seals-Jones, and the Football Team took a lead into the tunnel after two quarters. It all went to hell from there: Washington's offense was shut out in the second half, while Mahomes recalibrated himself and guided the Chiefs to a blowout win. Washington entered the season as a defending division champion with a path to improvement. Instead, the Football Team feels like a conference also-ran by mid-October.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

So much for the idea that this team would compete for the division title. The defense has really let them down as they sit at 2-4 on the year.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Rough start for defending NFC East champs and now this -- they've only got four more home games in the season's final 12 weeks.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

Rookie Heat Check: Second-round right tackle Sam Cosmi went down with an ankle injury against the Saints on Oct. 10. Before that, he was playing solid football, allowing only one sack through five games. Benjamin St-Juste might be the early standout from the 2021 draft class, however. The third-round corner has come up with three passes defended on 25 targets and conceded only 15 receptions for 204 yards and two TDs. First-round linebacker Jamin Davis had his best game yet against the Chiefs, but defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has been vocal about his desire to see him play more assertively and less laterally.

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