The highs from Washington’s first win of the season
The legend of Taylor Heinicke reached another level after Thursday’s game. Did he play perfectly? Of course not, the team went three-and-out on its first two drives and gained a total of -3 yards (that’s not a typo). He did start off the game throwing the ball really high to his receivers, but as he settled down, his passes got crisper, with many of his throws placed where only his receivers could get them. After throwing an interception late in the game, when the team should have been running out the clock (had to be said), you could see his frustration as he threw his helmet after leaving the field. But with all good stories, he got a chance for redemption and led Washington to victory, while picking up his first career win as a starting quarterback.
15-15, 210, 2: Heinicke led Washington on three touchdown drives in the game, which is impressive in itself since the team only had one touchdown last week. But the crazy part is on those three drives, Heinicke went 15-for-15 for 210 yards and threw two touchdown passes. How is that for a mic drop.
642: Over his last two starts (Giants and the Wild Card game against the Bucs), Heinicke has completed 66.6% of his passes for 642 yards.
4: After receiving only 4 targets in the entire Chargers game, Terry McLaurin had 4 targets and 4 catches for 43 yards and a touchdown on Washington’s first scoring drive. You have to get the ball in McLaurin’s hands if you want to win the ballgame. McLaurin finished the game with 11 receptions for 107 yards and was understandably Heinicke’s favorite target.
7: When Washington picked up Adam Humphries, many fans didn’t think much of it, given that he hasn’t had a huge statistical season since 2018. However, his veteran presence has proved beneficial while the Football Team waits for Curtis Samuel to return from injury. Humphries finished the game with the second-most receptions on the team (7) for 44 yards, including a clutch seven-yard reception on 3rd and 5, with 28 seconds left in the game.
56: We had a JD McKissic sighting. After only seeing one target and one carry last week, McKissic broke out with five receptions for 83 yards, including a 56-yard throw and catch where Heinicke found him on a wheel route down the sideline. One play later, Washington took a 27-26 lead with 4:33 left to go.
100: Washington went 2-for-2 on 4th down against the Giants after going 1-for-1 against the Chargers last week for a 100% success rate. Obviously, that won’t last the entire season but it is a fun anecdote to point out for now. Heinicke picked up two yards on a 4th and 1 quarterback sneak on Washington’s first touchdown drive. On the last drive of the game, J.D. McKissic picked up four crucial yards on a 4th and 1 to keep the drive alive.
3: For all the hate that Dustin Hopkins gets, he did win Washington the game, although it took a lucky break for him to get a redo. Hopkins hit from 49, 37, and 43 yards in the win against the Giants. Not too shabby.