Washington Football Team: Five positives and negatives from Week 14

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Dec 7, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Washington won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Football Team won their fourth straight game on Sunday and firmly placed themselves into sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

We asked you this question last week and we will ask it again.  Are you still in shock and awe of this Washington Football Team?  Can you actually believe they went on the road in three straight games and defeated Dallas, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco?

It’s the same story that we have seen in recent weeks and for much of the season.  Sunday’s game started off poorly for Washington, but there was a difference this time — a defense that kept it close and actually handed the offense a second half advantage.  It was just enough as the defense continued to pound the 49ers into submission and lead the Burgundy and Gold to a hard-fought 23-15 victory.

Guess what?  With this huge victory in the desert Southwest, Washington gained first place in the NFC East and now leads the division by one full game over the New York Giants.  Also, Washington was able to thrust themselves firmly into the NFC wild card playoff race, even if they are unable to capture a division title.  Having multiple paths to the playoffs is what consistent winning will provide an organization at this time of the year.

If anyone had predicted last summer that the Washington Football Team would sweep the Cowboys, beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh, and beat San Francisco on the road, would you have believed it?  Washington went to Dallas as we feasted on Thanksgiving Day chow and won convincingly.  Eleven days later, Washington traveled to Western Pennsylvania and beat the 11-0 Steelers.

On Sunday, the Washington Football Team defense manhandled the defending NFC champion – a team that was literally one minute from winning the Super Bowl earlier this year.

This is why we are talking about a division title or a wild card berth.  With three games to go in the 2020 season, anything can happen.  With that in mind, we have five positives to focus on from Sunday’s game and we will examine a few of the negatives as well.  Let’s get right to it!

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