Washington Football Team: The Good, Bad, and WTF Against the 49ers

For the Washington Football Team the last month to month and a half has been nothing short of exciting. They have embarked on a four game winning streak. Alex Smith has returned from a horrific leg injury to lead this team. Now, they are in the middle of a playoff race. Somewhere that no one expected them to be. This all continued Sunday with a win over the San Francisco 49ers. While it was a victory, some bad came out of the 23-15 win. Thus, without further ado, let us look at the Good, the Bad, and the WTF from Sunday’s win.

The Good

Chase Young

Young was fantastic. He has steadily grown over the season. He is now placing his name, not only for Defensive Rookie of the Year, but also Defensive Player of the Year. Yesterday he single handedly wrecked the 49ers offense. Young finished with one sack, six tackles, two passed defended, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one TD. You can clearly see why Washington selected young with the number two overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is making a difference on and off the field.

Run Defense

We said in our keys on Saturday that Washington would have to stop the run and make the 49ers one-dimensional. They did that. San Francisco had just 108 yards on the ground as a team. Raheem Mostert was their leading rusher with 65 yards. Washington knew that this was going to be the way that Kyle Shanahan was going to set out to win. The defense was ready from the outset. While earlier in the season this may have led to a loss in this game, now it is scaring teams into bad dreams.

The Bad

Injuries

Washington suffered several key injuries in this game on Sunday. Luckily, none of them seems severe enough to be long lasting.  QB Alex Smith suffered a calf strain. Safety, Deshazor Everett went out with a chest injury, and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis went down with a lower leg injury. Other players went down throughout the game. Many of them returned with minor injuries.

Washington has avoided the injury bug the season. A strong testament to the coaching and training staff that Ron Rivera has built. Certainly a step in the right direction.

Dwayne Haskins

I would not put him in the WTF category and he certainly did not play well enough to make the good either. If Washington has to enter these final three games with Haskins playing for a prolonged period, they are in trouble. He had his moments in the game. A nice ball to Steven Sims Jr. that the young WR should have caught was probably Haskins best pass. However, he had Terry McLaurin open on a crossing route and the young QB rifled the ball so hard it deflected off the WRs hands and was almost intercepted. This was a pass that needed some touch placed under it. McLaurin might still be running had he been able to catch the ball. While some good things where done, he still has a long ways to go in his development.

The WTF

Offense

The offense for the Washington Football Team was non-existent on Sunday. It only was able to amass 193 total yards. Washington will not be able to sustain many more outings like this. While their defense is all the talk right now, the offense needs to find another gear.

The Washington Football Team is starting to see it all come together. When hired, Ron Rivera said he hoped that this team would be playing their best football by season’s end. That is certainly trending upward to happen. Two more wins and this team will definitely be sniffing the postseason.

What are your Good, Bad, and WTF takes from Washington’s win over the San Francisco 49ers? Leave a comment below.

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