Grades, Prediction vs. Falcons, Final Thoughts
Washington Football Team Grades vs. Bills
As we mentioned earlier, we are not calling out individual players this week. We will certainly do so in upcoming games – win or lose. The comments for each unit will be very brief for this week.
- Quarterbacks – Sunday was a struggle and the Bills defense was very aggressive. Grade: C-
- Running Backs – Determined play in the first half kept the game close for a small period of time. Grade: B-
- Tight Ends – The ball needs to be in the hands of the tight end quite a bit more in future games. Grade: Incomplete
- Wide Receivers – There were some decent moments, but some forgettable moments as well. Grade C-
- Offensive Line – This unit is doing everything it can to help the team, but they can’t do it alone. Grade: B
- Defensive Line – The interior of the defensive is working hard, but the ends are struggling. Grade: D
- Linebackers – They were lost against the Bills and this group could be in for a long season. Grade: F
- Cornerbacks – They need the linebackers and defensive ends to play better. Grade: C-
- Safeties: They also need the linebackers and defensive ends to play better, but could be better themselves. Grade: D+
- Special Teams: This group was a bright spot on Sunday. Grade: B+
- Coaches: The Washington Football Team was not prepared to use this game as a measuring stick. One major issue is the lack of turnovers generated by the defense thus far. That needs to improve. Grade: D
Prediction vs. Falcons
The Washington Football Team travels to Atlanta on Sunday and this game could be very close. Will it be decided in the overtime period? The Falcons were able to post a victory over the Giants last week and would love to score another win against an NFC East opponent.
The Falcons jump to an early lead and they are able to go into halftime with a three point lead. Washington is able to get a key fumble recovery and score a last minute touchdown in the second half. Atlanta prevails in overtime with a 45-yard field goal.
Falcons 27 Washington 24
The negatives this week are really constructive criticisms for now. Folks, we are still in a rebuild and it is time to recognize that this team will have a see-saw ride in 2021. Rebuilds are never fun, but it lays down a foundation for future success stories. Are we willing to let this organization build a team? Taking “shortcuts” hasn’t worked for more than two decades. Give this staff some more time and the rewards will be worth the wait. This doesn’t mean we can’t be critical when it is warranted, but the support should be given if it is earned. This staff earned our trust after the 2020 season and they earn the benefit of the doubt for now.
Following the Atlanta game, the Burgundy and Gold will return to FedEx the next Sunday to take on the New Orleans Saints. We’ll return next week for positives or negatives and grades. On to Atlanta!