The Washington Football Team finished the 2020 NFL season with a record of 7-9 and in first place in the NFC East. For their efforts, the Football Team drop out of the top 18 in the 2021 NFL Draft and their position depends on how they perform in the 2021 NFL Playoffs. Last offseason, Washington took defensive end Chase Young in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Football Team was able to outlast the other three teams in the division to win the NFC East crown in Week 17. One of the main reasons why they made the playoffs is their stout defensive line by Young. The rookie defensive end finished second in sacks with 7.5, behind 2019 first-round pick Montez Sweat who had nine.
Along with their defense, Washington head coach Ron Rivera made the decision to bench and then release Dwayne Haskins, ultimately giving the starting job to Alex Smith. Smith hasn't lit up the scoreboard this season but has done an admirable job of moving the offense. That being said, Washington will need a quarterback of the future and could take one in the first round, if there’s one available.
The Washington Football Team will face their NFC East divisional opponents six times, half at home and half on the road. In addition, they draw matchups against all for teams from the AFC West and NFC South. The NFL is expected to add a 17th game to the regular season schedule that will feature an inter-conference matchup with a similarly placed team. Washington would face the AFC East.