Washington Football Team trail Eagles in Peter King’s latest power rankings originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
At halfway through the 2020 season, the Washington Football Team hits at No. 25 in NBC Sports' Peter King's power rankings (which you can read in full here) - but he still thinks that thanks to a weak division, the team has some hope.
"Tough team to figure. Very tough. The best element is the defensive front, by far," King wrote. "Washington has the kind of schedule coming out of the bye (Giants, at Lions, Bengals, at Cowboys), with one win over the Eagles and a week 17 game remaining, that could put them neck and neck with the Eagles for the division title. How crazy would this be on the afternoon of Jan. 9 for a wild-card matchup: NFC fifth seed New Orleans (12-4) at NFC fourth-seed Washington (6-10)."
Despite their position on top of the division, the Philadelphia Eagles are ranked No. 22 and King is confident Philadelphia can maintain their place in the NFC East.
"The Eagles should win the worst division in recent history, and probably easily," he wrote. "But that won’t mean Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman will feel great about Wentz heading into 2021. No very good quarterback has regressed like Wentz has this year, and the Eagles won’t be a good team until they can fix what ails him.”
A strong statement on the quarterback issues in Philly. Meanwhile here in Washington, King weighed in on the future of Dwayne Haskins under center for the Burgundy and Gold.
“I think I find it hard to believe that a team would trade anything but a day-three draft pick for Dwayne Haskins by Tuesday’s trading deadline…What would you think as an evaluator if the team that drafted Haskins 15th overall in 2019 demoted him to number three quarterback early in 2020?”
Washington, who was on a bye this week, now gears up to welcome the New York Giants (1-6) to FedEx Field. The last place division Giants are ranked all the way down at No. 30, while the Dallas Cowboys (2-6) round out the NFC East at No. 29 in King's rankings.
The undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0) sit atop King's Week 8 power rankings in this week’s edition, coming off their close win in Baltimore.