In what was one of the liveliest crowds at FedEx Field in recent years, Washington Commanders fans got a front-row seat of the Taylor Heinicke roller-coaster experience.
We had a touchdown pass thrown into triple coverage, that very well should have been intercepted if not for the Vikings’ safety crashing into the referee.
We saw Heinicke dazzle the crowd with his mobility juking the defense with a spin move. Unfortunately, we also witnessed what fans have been accustomed to seeing: a back-breaking, drive-killing mistake by the quarterback, which came in the form of a fourth quarter interception with under eight minutes to go.
This time, there was no miracle comeback or game-winning drive.
Yes, the crowd was electric today with the announcement that Dan Snyder might be selling the team, which gives the fans some much-needed hope. Yes, the defense played well enough to win this game.
But, what took the air out of the stadium was the poor play-calling by Scott Turner, the continued waste of timeouts and challenges of meaningless plays, and mistakes, such as an unnecessary roughness call on a late field goal, that more disciplined teams don’t make with games on the line.
A win over a team on a five-game winning streak, led by former quarterback Kirk Cousins and coached by former Washington quarterbacks coach, Kevin O’Connell, was the Commanders’ for the taking.
And somehow the team found a way to choke it away. Let’s get into the key numbers from the Commanders’ frustrating Week 9 loss to the Vikings.