What a rollercoaster of a first half at FedEx Field.
A game that started off so promising for the Washington Football Team after the defense produced an interception of Jameis Winston quickly turned ugly after a miscommunication between William Jackson and Landon Collins resulted in a 72-yard touchdown from Winston to Deonte Harris.
Washington responded with a couple of field goals from Dustin Hopkins and a touchdown of their own from Antonio Gibson to take a 13-7.
Like most of their leads this season, however, that advantage was quickly erased after Alvin Kamara broke free for a 23-yard TD run.
Just a few ticks earlier, Washington helped the Saints extend their drive after William Jackson delivered arguably the dirtiest hit of the NFL season thus far when he lowered his shoulder into a defenseless Taysom Hill.
After watching the replay, we’re not sure how Jackson wasn’t immediately ejected from the game.
William Jackson was lucky to not get ejected on Sunday.
There’s just no place for this.
Jackson took three steps before launching his body into Hill, who was in a compromised position after he went full extension to try and grab Winston’s overthrown pass. Jackson was rightly penalized, but this was just the latest example of shambolic refereeing from the NFL.
If this isn’t grounds for an ejection, then what is? Short of throwing a punch and igniting a brawl, this is the single most violent act a player can commit on the field … and all it resulted in was some yardage for the Saints.
Hill was carted off the field and we’re hard-pressed to envision him returning to this game. Thankfully, he was luckily able to get on the cart on his own power. Let’s hope whatever he’s dealing with isn’t overly serious.
As for Jackson, well, he’s lucky to still be playing.