The Washington Football Team dropped to 1-2 on the season after getting ran off the field by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The 43-21 scoreline was embarrassing by itself, but it could’ve been a lot worse had Buffalo not taken its foot off the gas in the second half. For fans struggling to identify any positives from the game, we’re in the same boat.
The defense continued to prove that it was overhyped in the offseason. Aside from the occasional highlight, the offense was out-classed by the Bills defense. As for the coaching staff, well, they owe fans an apology, too.
It was an afternoon to forget for Washington, so let’s dive into some postgame therapy by highlighting the game’s best and worst performers.
Washington Football Team: Studs and duds from Week 3
Stud: Antonio Gibson
It doesn’t feel right starting off with a stud, because the entire game was a dud, but Antonio Gibson deserves his 15 minutes of fame. After all, Washington’s running back was arguably the only bright spot in the game.
Gibson didn’t find much success on the ground (12 carries for 31 yards) and dropped a sure touchdown near the goal line, but his 73-yard catch and run was one of the highlights from a dramatic Sunday in the NFL.
On the play, Gibson juked numerous defenders out of their shoes before outrunning the Bills’ secondary and diving into the end zone. It was an impressive scamper for an RB with a 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame. Very few backs in the league have Gibson’s blend of elusiveness and brute strength.
Dud: Chase Young
Well, this is awkward. This marks back-to-back weeks that Chase Young qualified as a dud, and you know what? That’s what he’s been through three games.
On Sunday, the star edge rusher registered just three tackles and one QB hit. He has yet to record a sack this season. We know Young doesn’t have to pad the stat sheet to make an impact, but that’s the thing; outside of a few flash plays, his presence has barely been felt when he’s been on the field and he’s played 89% of the snaps.
Perhaps Young is trying to do too much, but the former No. 2 overall pick better get things sorted out, because the defense will continue sinking if he doesn’t.