It’s halftime of Washington Commanders-Detroit Lions and we’re still not sure Washington knows the game started. That’s the only we can describe that first half performance. It was a disaster at all three levels — offense, defense and special teams — and Ron Rivera is lucky his team only trails 22-0.
From poor offensive line play, the defense getting victimized by big plays, conservative play-calling and genuinely horrendous special teams play, the Commanders came out sleep-walking, got punched in the mouth and hang onto the ropes for dear life for the entire first half.
The Lions, meanwhile, got a sniff of blood and kept attacking.
Incredibly, the only Commanders highlight from the first 30 minutes was Jamin Davis’ sack of Jared Goff on Detroit’s first offensive possession.
From there, it was all Lions, so let’s relive Washington’s embarrassing performance with the Lions biggest highlights from the game.
The Lions embarrassed the Commanders in the first half on Sunday.
That should’ve been a touchdown. D’Andre Swift is playing on a bum ankle, so he wasn’t running close to full-speed. The Lions ripped off chunk yards on seemingly all of their rushing plays. This was easily the biggest of the bunch.
How about a breakdown in the secondary?
Wouldn’t be a Washington meltdown without a miscommunication in the secondary. People are wondering if Benjamin St-Juste or William Jackson III was at fault here. Our response: does it really matter at the end of the day if this keeps happening?
Charles Leno getting beat for a strip-sack? Yeah, it’s not Washington’s day.
St-Brown owned the Commanders’ secondary all half so it was ultimately inevitable he’d find the end zone. Imagine saying that? That’s how little resistance Washington’s defense offered in the first half, which is crazy cuz it started off well.
All of these Lions highlights encapsulate that first half, but how about one Commanders play that summarizes the first 30 minutes?
This trick play had a promising start, but it ended with Carson Wentz taking an inaccurate deep shot to Cam Sims, who had no idea where the ball landed. The pass somehow went through the hands of a Lions defensive back.
What else can you say, really?
It’s 22-0 at halftime and the Commanders have shown nothing to suggest they’ll make things interesting in the final two quarters. The best we can hope for is Ron Rivera lays into his players and the team shows more fight.
That might be wishful thinking, though. Worse first half for Washington since the Sunday night debacle in Dallas last season. Hands down.