Stud: Washington’s RBs
Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic were absolutely immense for Washington. When McLaurin wasn’t making circus catches in the Falcons’ secondary, it was Gibson and McKissic who helped the offense move the chains.
Gibson finished with 75 yards from scrimmage and 4.5 yards per carry to go with a touchdown. If only Washington’s defense could stop teams so Gibson would have a chance at getting a proper workload…
McKissic, meanwhile, proved that he’s one of the best 3rd down backs in the league. He contributed 59 yards on offense, including the game-winning 30-yard TD reception that he finished off with a pylon leap for the ages. He was also sublime in pass protection.
Dud: Dustin Hopkins
We hate to end on a negative, but there were very few positives stemming from Sunday’s win in Atlanta, and we simply couldn’t finish without mentioning Dustin Hopkins and his TWO missed extra points.
Wouldn’t you know it, Washington almost lost by TWO points before Heinicke went full beast mode by tossing two touchdowns in the final 3:52 of regulation. This marks two times in four games that Hopkins has been saved from a nightmare scenario. At this point, he’s a liability and we wouldn’t fault fans who are on a soapbox begging for a little competition at the kicker position.
That should just about do it, folks. There’s no sugarcoating this win. While it’s huge to get back to .500, Washington continues to prove — outside of a few consistent performers, of course — that they are a deeply flawed team.