When looking around the NFC East, it's a wide open race for the division title. Last year, the Washington Football Team (WFT) came out on top of the standings after finishing 7-9 overall. No, this wasn't the prettiest division title in NFL history, but respect is still deserved.
Heading into the 2021 campaign, the NFC East race is another wide open battle. The Football Team will once again lean on their defense to take them to new heights while some excitement builds around the addition of Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.
With all this in mind, the latest 2021 NFL power rankings from ProFootballFocus are wildly disrespectful to the team down in DC.
The WFT comes in ranked No. 20 in the preseason power rankings. While the record didn't show much Super Bowl potential last season, Washington was elite from a defensive perspective. In fact, the WFT ranked second in total yards allowed per game (304.6) and fourth in points allowed (20.6).
Washington returns the core of its defensive and has some interesting additions on the offensive side of the ball. This starts, of course, with veteran Fitzpatrick taking over the reigns at QB. The 38-year-old veteran won't blow you away from a pure talent and skills standpoint, but he's recorded five NFL seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards. That includes in 2019 where he threw for 3,529 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Running back Antonio Gibson shouldn't be overlooked, either. Last year as a rookie, he recorded nearly 800 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns. The Duel staff even rated him as RB10 in our preseason fantasy football rankings. And adding the explosive Curtis Samuel in free agency to play alongside Terry McLaurin could produce some fireworks on offense.
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles aren't expected to make much noise in 2021. With the Dallas Cowboys as the main competition, this preseason power ranking spot is seriously disrespectful to Washington.
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