2020 Washington Football Team Analysis and Schedule
Washington Football Team came into the NFL in 1932, and they have been members of the NFC East since 1970. They have struggled in recent years, and much of the same is expected this season.
Washington has an all-time record of .500, but they have trended in the wrong direction of late. They will have a new head coach in 2020 as Ron Rivera has been hired to lead the team.
Washington Football Team will take on each team from the AFC North and NFC West this season and face the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers. The schedule looks relatively easy on paper, but it will be a challenge to turn things around in the win column.
NFL Washington Football Team 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||at Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||at Cleveland Browns|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||at New York Giants|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Bye week|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||New York Giants|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||at Detroit Lions|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Week 12||Nov. 26||at Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||at San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Carolina Panthers|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||at Philadelphia Eagles|
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Last Year’s History
The 2019 season was the final season for head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden was fired after Washington Football Team got off to a 0-5 start, and the team decided to part ways with the coach that has spent six seasons leading the team.
Washington finished the 2019 regular season with a record of 3-13, which put them in fourth place of the NFC East. Washington did not beat any team that finished the 2019 season with a winning record, and they also ended the season on a four-game losing streak.
Injuries played a huge role in the rough season for the Washington NFL Football Club, and they struggled to settle on a starting quarterback. Several questions still remain heading into 2020, but the team will be under the direction of a new head coach.
Washington Football Team Key Players
The Washington NFL Football Club selected Chase Young with the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and there will be plenty of pressure on Young to deliver. The defensive end finished fourth in the Heisman voting a season ago, putting up some monster stats.
The former Ohio State Buckeyes star had 16.5 sacks a season ago, which came despite missing three games. Young ended his career with 30.5 sacks, and also had 40.5 tackles for a loss.
Young will be tasked with turning around Washington’s defense in 2020.
Dwayne Haskins will enter his second season in the league, and there will be some pressure on him as well. Washington took Haskins in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but he struggled in his first season.
The quarterback was given some starting opportunities a season ago, but he struggled with his consistency. Haskins completed just 58.6 percent of his passes in 2019. The former Ohio State product threw just seven touchdowns to go with seven interceptions.
Haskins will likely enter the 2020 season as the starting quarterback, and it’s time for him to deliver.
Adrian Peterson is nearing the end of his career, but he is still a terrific running back in the NFL. Peterson is the most important player on Washington’s offense, and the team will be leaning on the veteran this season.
Peterson had 211 carries for 898 yards a season ago with five touchdowns. That was his second season with Washington, and Peterson ran for over 1,000 yards during the 2018 season.
Look for Washington to hand the ball off to Peterson a ton in 2020 to protect their young quarterback.
Washington Football Team New Additions
The biggest addition that Washington made this offseason was by drafting Chase Young in the 2020 NFL Draft. Washington needed a pass rusher, and Young could turn into a future star in the league.
Washington might have a former first-round pick at QB in Haskins, but they also acquired QB Kyle Allen in a trade with Carolina this offseason. The signing of RB Peyton Barber should provide a boost on offense as well.
Washington needed help on defense, and they spent plenty of money to improve that unit. Linebacker Thomas Davis and cornerback Kendall Fuller should both be starters this season, and Washington added several other players for depth as well.
Washington Football Team Key Subtractions
Washington couldn’t afford to lose any talent from their 2019 team, but that’s exactly what happened this offseason. There were some key losses on both sides of the ball, and there will be plenty of holes to fill.
Quarterbacks Case Keenum and Colt McCoy have both moved on, taking away some veteran depth at that position. Tight end Jordan Reed and Jordan Davis are both gone from the team, leaving Haskins without some weapons.
Washington will also be without five of their cornerbacks from a season ago, and their secondary could really struggle this season. Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar are the two biggest losses from the secondary.
The NFC East is not one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, and that could give Washington a chance to turn things around in a hurry. The problem is that Washington is still considered the worst team in the East, and they have plenty of teams to jump.
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles have been the top teams in the division over the last few years, which will likely be the case again in 2020. Philadelphia won the division with a record of 9-7 a season ago.
The New York Giants are the other team in the NFC East, and they are in a similar position to the Washington. Both teams are in a bit of a rebuilding phase, but they have accumulated some young talent.
Washington Football Team Offense
Averaging just 16.6 points per game a season ago, which was the lowest scoring average in the league, the Washington Football Team needs to improve offense. Washington struggled with both running and passing, but their quarterback play was the biggest problem.
Washington threw for just 175 yards a game in 2019 and didn’t average more than 100 rushing yards per game. Head coach Ron Rivera will be tasked with implementing a new offense. Improved play from Haskins will improve the offense, but they need plenty of other players to step up.
Washington Football Team Defense
Washington wasn’t much better on defense in 2019, but they weren’t the worst unit in the league. Washington gave up 27.2 points per game, but their offense put them in some difficult positions.
The Washington Football Team really struggled to defend the run a season ago, giving up more than 146 yards per game. Washington was better only than the Cincinnati Bengals in that category, and this is a huge area for concern entering 2020.
Washington will be without several key defensive players, and it’s hard to see these numbers improving in 2020.
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