In the famous words of Dennis Green, “they are who we thought they were,” is how many fans are feeling after seeing Washington Football Team suffer a humiliating 43-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 3.
After hearing hype about this “elite” defense all offseason, many expected this team to be competitive against the elite teams in the NFL. However, as every Washington fan has come to realize over the years, with this team, expectations don’t typically match reality.
This team was one controversial offsides penalty away from starting the season 0-3. In what could be the underrated statement of the year, coach Ron Rivera shared this gem in his postgame interview, “We’ve got a long way to go.”
After being outplayed by a team that is coached by his former defensive coordinator and seeing the defense make mistake after mistake, you can’t help but agree with him.
So where does Washington go from here? There are too many problems to solve and empty words alone won’t be the solution.
Antonio Gibson and Chase Young both mentioned the need for the team to come out stronger and start faster, something the team has struggled with throughout Rivera’s tenure.
So, it’s time for this team to put up or shut up. With fourteen games to go, the team still has time to find a solution to its early season woes. If you thought Josh Allen tore the defense apart, I’ve got some bad news. The schedule doesn’t get any easier from here with Pat Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and Derek Carr all still on the schedule.
Will the team get it together and change the trajectory of the season or will this season quickly turn into a dumpster fire as it has so many seasons before? Let’s look at some of the key numbers from Washington Football Team’s Week 3 loss.