Key numbers from Week 7: Commanders dominate second half vs Packers
And just like that, the Washington Commanders’ season is off of life support. That’s what two consecutive wins can do for a team. No, this team isn’t going to blow people out, but that grittiness and tenacity to fight through the end of the game is something that you typically see in Ron Rivera-coached teams.
With two nail-biting wins in a row against the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, the Commanders are back in business. Yes, they are still last in a surprisingly competitive NFC East, but they aren’t far out from the last wild card spot. And with how this season has gone thus far, could we ask for much more?
After a very ugly start in front of a Packer-heavy crowd at FedEx Field, this one looked like it would be over early. But, the Commanders embraced the underdog mentality that their back-up quarterback, Taylor Heinicke epitomizes so well and grinded it out.
After falling behind14-3, Washington scored 20 straight points as the defense stifled Aaron Rodgers. However, three penalties by the Commanders’ defense allowed the Packers to pull within two points.
After pulling within two points, Washington got the ball back and Heinicke was able to find Terry McLaurin for a first down….with his eyes closed.
However, Washington was unable to fully run out the clock and gave Rodgers the ball back with 23 seconds left. Although he hit Sammy Watkins for a big gain, the Packers didn’t have enough time for another play to get into field goal range, and their last-second lateral extravaganza fell short.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was a W. Heinicke’s post-game quote on his doubters could very well represent how this entire team feels right now.
Let’s take a look at the Week 7 numbers from the Commanders’ 23-21 win over the Packers.