All good things gotta come to an end, right? The Washington Football Team learned this the hard way on Sunday, as their second half comeback effort against the complacent Dallas Cowboys came up just short.
Based on recent form, fans had EVERY reason to think Washington would knock off Dallas. Don’t blame yourselves. You were right to picture a world in which the Cowboys were sent back to Big D with their tails between their legs.
It just didn’t work out that way.
The good news is that Washington has plenty to play for this season. For now, though, let’s dive deep into Sunday’s gutting loss at FedEX Field.
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Washington still plagued by dropped interceptions: For reasons we’ll never understand, dropped interceptions and Washington have gone hand-in-hand this season, and they returned in a big way on Dallas’ first drive.
Luckily for Kendall Fuller, the culprit on this occasion, the Cowboys’ opening drive stalled out in the red zone, resulting in a field goal. The throw was a little behind Fuller, but even he would admit he should’ve reeled it in. That’s gotta be five or six dropped INTs for Washington this year.
Five too many.
Jamin Davis dropped one later in the half for good measure.
Rough start for Taylor Heinicke: Heinicke didn’t have the best start to this one. On top of missing Curtis Samuel for a would-be first down on Washington’s first drive, he made a lackadaisical throw on the team’s second drive that was batted and intercepted by Randy Gregory.
Right after Landon Collins picked off Dak Prescott, too.
Jonathan Allen killer penalty: It looked like Washington’s defense was about to make a second courageous stand in the red zone. A completion to Amari Cooper fell short of the first down marker to set up 4th down … until Jonathan Allen was flagged for an offsides to gift Dallas a first down.
A few plays later, Prescott connected with Cooper in the end zone to give the Cowboys an 11-0 lead after they converted their two-point attempt.
We know Allen’s been a world-beater this season, but there’s no excuse for lining up offsides, especially on third down.
That’s not winning football.