Grades, Game Balls, Prediction, Final Thoughts
Washington Football Team Grades vs. Giants
The grades for the Giants game are far better than what we posted after game one. There is still room for improvement, but any victory will bring decent to solid grades and this game is no exception.
- Quarterbacks – Taylor Heinicke was on fire for the Thursday night game, but one interception nearly doomed the team. Otherwise, he was spectacular. Grade: A
- Running Backs – Antonio Gibson was solid once again and J.D. McKissic proved why he is such a valuable part of this offense. Grade: A
- Tight Ends – Logan Thomas continues to provide the Washington Football Team with timely catches. Ricky Seals-Jones has one catch thus far, but it was the best on of this young season and it helped lead the Burgundy and Gold to a needed win. Grade: A
- Wide Receivers – Terry McLaurin set a new personal record with 11 receptions and a key first half touchdown. Dyami Brown had a solid game after floundering a bit in game one. Adam Humphries produced clutch receptions on the final drive. Grade: A-
- Offensive Line – It’s nice to have Ereck Flowers back at left guard again. This unit was fantastic against Big Blue. Grade: A+
- Defensive Line – This group stepped it up after struggling against the Chargers. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones enjoyed a good outing, but running back Saquon Barkley was mostly ineffective. A definite improvement in just four days. Grade: B-
- Linebackers – Jamin Davis took a huge step forward against the Giants, but Cole Holcomb and Jon Bostic was exposed in the passing defense once again. Grade: C+
- Cornerbacks – The corners were improved from the previous game, but some issues still exist. They will be significantly tested in the coming weeks. Grade: B-
- Safeties: This group struggled somewhat, but made the plays when needed. It is disturbing to see Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton all alone in the latter half of the fourth quarter. No one was within 25 yards and Washington was fortunate that the pass was dropped by Slayton. Grade: C
- Coaches: The Washington Football Team was prepared offensively and the defense improved as well. Special Teams enjoyed a good night, but Dustin Hopkins is still a concern for the staff. Getting J.D. McKissic involved in Thursday’s game was smart change from the Chargers game. Grade: B
Awarding Game Balls to Deserving Players
As per our tradition in recent years after a victory, we return to awarding game balls to players that stood out in the game. Many team members are worthy this week, but we limit it to four individuals per game.
- Taylor Heinicke – Simply put, his stellar play was the most important part of this victory over a division rival. He is awarded our first team ball.
- Terry McLaurin – No. 17 set a new personal record with 11 receptions and a needed touchdown in the first half. His impact is undeniable. He is awarded our second team ball.
- Ricky Seal-Jones – RSJ had just one reception in the game, but it is the key touchdown in the fourth quarter that vaulted Washington toward the win. He is awarded our third team ball.
- Jonathan Allen – Allen has been superb in the first two games. His sacks and stuffing running backs have come at opportune moments and his impacts early in the season are timely. He is awarded our fourth game ball.
Prediction for Washington Football Team vs. Bills
The Buffalo Bills are one of the best teams in the NFL and the team from the shores of Lake Erie is a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Josh Allen is arguably the best quarterback in the league, but he is off to a slow start this season. Look for wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley to have a huge impact for the Bills on Sunday.
The Washington Football Team will be challenged by the Bills and they need to play their best game of the young season at this juncture. Look for the defense to take another step forward.
Bills 28, Washington 24
The Washington Football Team could’ve given up several times during Thursday’s game, but they were resilient and determined to walk out of FedEx Field as winners. Fans will need to be patient and understand that the schedule is very challenging this season. There will be difficult games. There will be games to celebrate. The journey will be testing the will of all fans this fall.
Washington will be on the road for the next two games and will return home to FedEx on Oct. 10 Winning two games on the road could happen, but going 1-1 should be viewed as a successful trip. Let’s hope for the former. On to the Bills game!