Did anybody else think barely scraping past the 0-3 Giants in primetime was rock bottom for the Washington Football Team?
We hope not, because Ron Rivera’s side reached a new low point on Sunday in upstate New York, falling to Buffalo to the tune of a 43-21 shellacking.
At this point, there’s no reason to be optimistic about Washington. Despite flaunting first-round picks and elite talents all over the field, the defense is one of the worst in the league through three weeks.
The offense, on the other hand is still too dependent on Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson isn’t seeing nearly enough touches.
Bottom line? It’s tough to make sense out of a loss in which the team you were pulling for was competitive for all of five minutes. However, let’s push through and shed light on some stats that defined Sunday’s rout.
4 depressing stats that defined Washington’s Week 3 loss
4. Offensive Ineptitude
Washington has made a reckless habit of getting off to slow starts on the defensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, the offense –mostly due to a lack of execution — followed in their footsteps on Sunday afternoon.
In fact, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic pointed out on Twitter that Washington, as of the 10:42 mark in the second quarter, had more turnovers (two) than first downs (one). At that point, they trailed 21-0 and the game looked over.
If that’s not depressing, then we’re not sure what is.
Of course, the first turnover came in the form of a Logan Thomas fumble that derailed a promising drive for the offense. Tre’Davious White punched the ball loose near midfield after an 18-yard gain and Matt Milano recovered.
Buffalo responded by traveling 52 yards over eight plays before Josh Allen connected with Zack Moss to extend the lead to 14-0.
The second turnover came on a woeful decision by Taylor Heinicke, who floated a pass near the left sideline after he spent WAY too much time going through his progressions on the right side of the field.
Jordan Poyer was waiting for the throw and jumped the route. Less than a minute later, Allen found Dawson Knox in the end zone to make things 21-0.