Washington Football Team: 3 key stats responsible for WFT’s slow start

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The Washington Football Team had high hopes heading into the 2021 season, but just three games into the season, those high hopes appear to be all for naught.

There is plenty of time for Washington to turn its season around, but after a 43-21 beatdown at the hands of Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills, there are far more questions about this team than answers.

The season got off to a rough start in Week 1, as Washington lost its new starting quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick when he went down with a hip injury that will sideline him for much of the season.

Even with Fitzpatrick’s injury, fans could remain hopeful as the enigma that is Taylor Heinicke stepped in. Heinicke’s heroic playoff performance last season, despite the loss, instilled confidence about the quarterback amongst teammates, coaches and fans alike.

As Week 4 approaches, Washington currently sits with a record of 1-2 prior to their road matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s a must-win game for Washington, as they will face New Orleans, Kansas City, and Green Bay in the weeks following their matchup in Atlanta.

Before Washington looks ahead to the difficult October stretch, they must address the issues that have plagued the team early in the season. Though it’s easy to pinpoint position groups that need critiquing, there are three statistical categories that have been critical in the Football Team’s slow start to the season.