4. Third down woes continue
The Washington Football Team has a bad case of third-down-itis. It’s a disease that simply won’t go away and it weakens the immune systems of both the offense and defense. Thus far, there is no known cure for Washington.
The offense started the game with a quick three and out. From there, Kansas City put together an impressive drive and jumped to an early 7-0 lead. The last thing Washington wanted to do is hand the ball over to one of the most lethal offenses in the NFL. When you gift-wrap opportunities to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, they will take full advantage of the generosity.
The defense allowed the Chiefs to convert 11 of 17 third-down chances and that is simply unacceptable. It was really 11-16 as the visitors were simply running out the clock at the end.
The offense was better at 7-14 in third-down conversions, but most of that came in the second quarter and most of the third quarter. After the missed field goal from Hopkins, Washington was able to convert only one third-down play. This is why Kansas City won the game by a wide margin. Third-down difficulties in the fourth negative for this week.
5. William Jackson not living up to contract
When the NFL came into existence in 1920, many players have come gone with varying degrees of success. Some players are rather vocal and do their best to back up the tough-talking attitude. Others are simply full of empty words and promises. William Jackson talks a good bit, but he has been unable to make good on his guarantees.
He is simply not living up to the hype that came with him and the former Bengal is starting to look like a free agent bust. Is Jackson afraid to tackle? Does he fear elite receivers? Does number 22 shy away from intense play? Jackson is not living up to the standards that made him one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the league. He is our fifth negative from Sunday’s game.