The Washington Football Team kept their playoff hopes alive by knocking off the Carolina Panthers 27-21 in Charlotte on Sunday.
That’s right, folks. The elusive “p” word has entered the chat. We’re not sure how long it’ll stick around, but it’s here and that’s all that matters.
It would be easy to nitpick such a tightly-contested game, but you won’t find us harping on the negatives after such a big win, which spoiled Cam Newton’s highly-hyped return and got Ron Rivera some old fashioned revenge.
There were a myriad of standout performers from the game, but we chose to highlight some overlooked players who greatly improved their stock.
Just don’t get disappointed if you don’t see guys like Taylor Heinicke, who was phenomenal for the second straight week, and Terry McLaurin (no explanation necessary) on this list. Those guys were obviously outstanding.
5 Washington players with rising stock after Week 11
5. Joey Slye
It wasn’t that long ago when Washington fans would throw a parade if their kicker attempted a field goal that went beyond the line of scrimmage.
Now, fans’ jaws would drop if Joey Slye dare missed a kick, which hasn’t happened yet. The former Virginia Tech star was once again perfect for Washington, nailing both of his field goals (36 and 29 yards) and all three of his extra-points.
That means Slye was responsible for nine points in a game Washington won by six. You know the team has come a long way in the kicker department when fans are up in arms about Ron Rivera electing to punt over asking Slye’s cannon of a right leg to attempt a 56-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Over his first two games in the Burgundy and Gold, Slye is a spotless 10-for-10; 5-for-5 on field goals and 5-for-5 on point-afters. What a turn of events. He’s already passed Chris Blewitt on the franchise’s made FG list
Barring an unforeseen collapse over the remaining seven games, Slye will be the Washington Football Team’s kicker in 2022.