2. Careless mistakes
Careless mistakes doomed the Washington Football Team on Sunday and most of them occurred at the worst possible time. Kendall Fuller had a golden opportunity with an easy interception early in the first quarter, but guess what happened? Yes, that is a rhetorical question.
The interception would’ve given Washington a first down deep in Chiefs territory. That is a potential 14 point turnaround. Let’s talk about putting Jamin Davis in coverage on Tyreek Hill in the first half. That is coaching malpractice. Need more examples?
How many times did the Washington Football Team defense jump offsides? We know that Montez Sweat lined up offsides on what would’ve been a play that resulted in a 4th and 10 – the result was a touchdown a few plays later. This is basic, 101 football and the pupils are still playing like it is in the local community league.
If these simple corrections are not made soon, the Burgundy and Gold could see their season spiral out of control. Silly mistakes are the second negative for this week.
3. What are we doing on special teams?
The special teams unit is the third negative, but there were some encouraging moments. On Tress Way’s early second quarter booming 58-yard punt, the defense was not good at all. Kansas City returned the football 29 yards and gave back half the yardage. Good punt, bad coverage.
Dustin Hopkins drilled field goals of 50 and 44 yards, but he missed wide left on a 42 yard attempt. Instead of building a lead to 16-10, Kansas City marched to the opposite end zone and the momentum shifter hurt Washington’s chances. They never recovered. Solid kicking, but an untimely miss.
Yes, Tress Way was called for a very questionable block below the waist, but too many mistakes on special teams contributed to the loss on Sunday. Hopkins is a good kicker and the statistics prove it, but one bad kick changed the complexion of Sunday’s game.