3. Taylor Heinicke reception
Remember what we said about the offense being too dependent on Terry McLaurin? While the star receiver only accounted for seven targets — which he turned into four catches for 62 yards — the passing game didn’t have a pulse unless McLaurin got his hands on the football.
Heinicke finished the game with 212 passing yards, but 73 of those came on Antonio Gibson’s electrifying catch and run he took to the house. The next leading receiver was Thomas, who finished with 42 yards on four catches.
The rest of the WR corps might as well have taken the day off, because they combined for four receptions for 37 yards.
How non-existent were they? Well, at one point in the third quarter, Heinicke, who caught a batted pass, had as many catches as Dyami Brown (who had a bad drop), Adam Humphries and Cam Sims combined.
Hard not to be depressed after reading that stat. We know the Bills have an elite defense, but there’s no excuse that Brown, Humphries, Sims and even JD McKissic were as invisible as they were on Sunday.
Were they struggling to get open or was Heinicke so rattled after his interceptions that he didn’t trust himself to get them the football? The answers will come once Washington hits the film room, but man, this doesn’t look good.
Let’s hope Curtis Samuel is activated off injured reserve this week, because Heinicke isn’t going to have much success if he has tunnel vision for McLaurin and Thomas on every dropback.