Washington Football Team: Studs and duds from Week 2 loss to Cardinals
Dud 4: Washington’s first-half performance
Speaking of slow starts, this was another nightmarish first half for Washington. They fell behind 20-0 early on and though they did push back a little in the second half, it never quite felt like they could make the comeback in full.
Out of the gate, Dwayne Haskins was slow again, and three and outs were a problem. The running game couldn’t do much and Haskins’ early inaccuracy didn’t help things much. Nor did his inability to push the ball down the field.
Moving forward, Washington has to make sure that they can sustain at least one drive off the bat. If they can do that and get into a rhythm, it will give them an opportunity to avoid falling behind, and that will give their offense a chance to be more efficient.
It also would help if their secondary could come out and avoid blowing coverages early on. Their mental readiness against the Eagles and Cardinals receiver groups has not been good, but if they can do better in that area, they could ride their excellent pass rush to force some three and outs and avoid sustained drives.
The first half has twice been a dud, but Washington will have a chance to change that in Week 3 against the Browns. And they certainly will need to if they want to stay competitive with a Browns team that looked a lot better in Week 2 than they did in Week 1.
Do you agree with these studs and duds? Do you have some more of your own? Let us know in the comments section as well as anything else from the team’s Week 2 loss that you may want to talk about.