The Dallas Cowboys clinched the NFC East before Sunday night’s kickoff against the Washington Football Team and they still looked like the club with more to play for despite the fact Washington came in desperate to keep their playoff hopes alive.
To make a long story short, Washington got bullied by a division rival and didn’t stick up for themselves. Dallas built a 21-0 by the end of the first quarter and proceeded to build a 42-7 advantage by halftime.
Even with the Cowboys taking their feet off the gas, they still outscored Washington 14-7 over the final two quarters.
We’ve run out of words to describe the team’s collective performance, so we went ahead and highlighted individual performances in the form of biggest winners and losers. Guess which one there was more of.
It’s impossible to start off a winner after you lose by 42 points. We’d probably draw that line at 20 points, to be honest, so we’re being generous highlighting the small group of players that played up to snuff in this one.
Washington Football Team: Winners and losers from Week 16
Loser: Taylor Heinicke
Taylor Heinicke is, indeed, the biggest loser from Sunday night. He maybe deserves some slack given COVID impaired his conditioning and he had little time to prepare, but not even Heinicke would defend this performance.
For the game, Heinicke went 7-of-22 for 121 yards and one touchdown to two interceptions, but it was somehow worse than that. Much like his last performance vs Dallas, Heinicke couldn’t find any sort of rhythm under center.
His interception on Washington’s first offensive snap devoured all the momentum the defense helped generate by tallying two sacks on the Cowboys’ opening drive. From that point on, it was all Dallas.
We all know what the good version of Heinicke is capable of. Well, Sunday night we saw the bad version of the ODU product. The one that makes reckless throws, holds the ball too long and can’t push the ball downfield with any sort of accuracy.