Washington Football Team: Good, Bad, WTF vs New York Giants
The Washington Football Team is a team that is full of question marks. Do they have their QB? Probably not. Are they good defensively? They can be. Is the head coach sending mixed messages? He is trying to teach them and coach them up to win. All of this has come across differently to different people. The one thing that we do know for sure is that this team still is not very good. There is plenty of work still left to do. In saying that, let us look at the Good, Bad, and WTF from Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants.
Payne was an unstoppable force. He clogged the middle at will. Payne finished the game with five tackles, one tackle for loss, one QB hit, and knocked down one pass. We expect this play out the former first-round pick. It was good to finally see him ball out.
Since returning from injury, Fuller has been a man-child. He has had an interception in each of the last three games. He currently leads the league with four interceptions. This is what Washington expected out of Kendall Fuller when they brought him back to the team after a short stint with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kyle Allen was responsible for both Washington turnovers on Sunday. He threw an interception in the first quarter on a bad read. The Giants would take the ball and score a TD. Then with three and a half minutes left in the game, Allen would be sacked by the Giants’ defense. He would also fumble on the play. The ball would be scooped up by the defense and returned for six. Allen is going to have to do a better job of protecting the football if Washington is thinking of having any chance this season.
Washington is not presenting itself as a running team. They are lining up primarily in the shotgun formation and then running from there. This is not having much success. At least in the early part of the season. There needs to be a stronger emphasis on establishing some sort of run. This not only helps your offense gain a rhythm but it helps your offensive line pass protect as well. If the offense can establish the run, set up play-action, and execute they will be much more maligned to be successful.
While at the time I was totally against going for two, I can see why Coach Rivera would do so. However, with 36 seconds left in the game, I would have kicked the extra point. Washington was the team with all the momentum. They had dominated the entire fourth quarter of play. The chances of the Giants scoring a TD then were slim. Especially with the way the defense was playing. I would have played stronger percentages and went to overtime.
The Washington Football Team has to learn how to win. Coach Rivera is coaching to win. Right now, there are just too many young mistakes being made and it is costing them winnable games. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season will be handled.
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