Instant reactions to Commanders’ embarrassing loss to the Lions
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The Washington Commanders fell 36-27 to the Detroit Lions, as their 22-point comeback bid fell short in the second half. The Lions served the Commanders a nice dose of reality to what the weaknesses of the roster are.
The Commanders were flat-out dominated in every facet of the game in the first half. That type of start is inexcusable, and it calls into question the legitimacy of the entire operation. It is year three for Ron Rivera. The poor starts cannot continue to happen.
Here are some other instant reactions to the Commanders’ Week 2 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Instant Reactions to the Commanders’ Week 2 loss to the Lions
- The Commanders’ weapons on offense continue to impress. The trio of Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, and Curtis Samuel by itself is so difficult to cover. Add in Logan Thomas, JD McKissic, and Antonio Gibson and the Commanders’ offense has a chance to be really explosive as it was in the second half.
- Carson Wentz is a solid starting QB in the NFL. While the previous bar at quarterback is incredibly low, Wentz has passed it so far despite his inconsistency.
- Scott Turner was incredibly creative in the second half by using pre-snap motion, play-action passes, and jet sweeps to create explosive plays. His halftime adjustments seemed to be a catalyst for the Commanders re-igniting their talented offense.
- The offensive line was putrid in the first half. They allowed consistent pressure on the quarterback and looked dumbfounded at how to defeat the blitz.
- Carson Wentz isn’t absolved from blame either in the first half. Multiple times he held onto the ball for far too long. And his high throw to Thomas was a killer on the interception. The Commanders should still have a ton of confidence in Wentz but man, he was really bad in the first half.
- Antonio Gibson finished the day with 14 carries, for 28 yards. 2 yards per carry. With just over two years completed in the NFL, it is safe to say that Gibson may never be a downhill runner in the NFL. He is far too inconsistent to be relied upon in that area.
- Overall, this unit just needs more consistency. The highs are very high, and the lows are really low.