2. Ball security
Antonio Gibson is one of the better running backs in the NFL, but ball security issues have put an ugly stain on his season thus far. He is a player that you still want on the roster and his talent is undeniable. However, his turnovers (fumbles) this season have come at some of the most inopportune moments possible. He had one fumble in Sunday’s game, but Washington was fortunate to retain possession. Through seven games, Gibson has put the ball on the ground four times and two of those fumbles were turnovers. That averages out to ten fumbles and five would be turnovers for the 17 game season. That is unacceptable.
No one should question Gibson’s talent and impact since his first days in a Washington Football Team uniform, but the lapses in concentration and attention to detail is hurting the team. He is our second negative for this week.
3. Left offensive tackle woes
Our third negative is left offensive tackle Charles Leno and frankly, this was an easy choice to make. Sunday’s game was arguably his worst of the season thus far. Leno has been a decent blind side protector this season, but he did whiff on a block in Week 1 against the Chargers. That play contributed heavily to the serious injury to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
WFT quarterbacks need all the protection they can get
Leno was bull-rushed often during the Packers game and Taylor Heinicke had to adjust accordingly. Heinicke had a good day, but it could’ve been better with adequate protection on the left side of the offensive line. In the third quarter, Leno was pressured again and the result was a strip sack. Several plays later, Green Bay increased their lead to 14 points and effectively put the game away. Leno is our third negative mention for this week.
Negative Bonus: Terry McLaurin dropped an easy touchdown pass from Green Bay’s three-yard line late in the third quarter and it could’ve put Washington within seven points of the lead. The team turned the ball over on downs one play later. McLaurin had a solid day otherwise.