The Washington Football Team shocked the NFL world by winning the NFC East division last season and now they enter 2021 riding that same momentum. Washington has depth on both sides of the ball and could be a real threat, but the team is being disrespected by the latest NFL.com power rankings.
Washington comes in ranked at the No. 24 spot, which is surprisingly low for a team that made the playoffs last season. They are currently behind two other teams in their own division as well as teams that had disappointing 2020 seasons in the Atlanta Falcons and Las Vegas Raiders.
This squad has thrived off of their strong defense. Reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young leads a hungry group of players that gave up and average of just 304.6 yards of offense and 21.2 points per game last season. Both of those marks ranked within the top five of the NFL.
On the other side of the ball, Washington has a new veteran quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick that is ready to score some points. With young weapons like Terry McLaurin (1,148 yards from scrimmage in 2020) and Antonio Gibson (11 TDs in 2020) at his disposal, Fitzpatrick and this offense could see major improvements this year.
2021 third-round pick Dyami Brown and free-agent addition Curtis Samuel round out the rest of a suddenly dangerous skill-position group.
All things considered, Washington has all the makings of a team that will be a force to be reckoned with next season. The Duel even ranked Washington as the No. 15 team in the league earlier this week.
Washington has odds set at +260 to win the NFC East, according to NFL future odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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