Taylor Heinicke seen iced out on team plane after Commanders upset win
By Mike Luciano
The Washington Commanders were supposed to get butchered by the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, but a few timely plays from quarterback Taylor Heinicke and a solid ground game helped Washington actually complete the 32-21 victory.
Heinicke had to overcome an early fumble and late pick in this victory, but he was largely able to move the ball against a solid Eagles defense and keep Jalen Hurts on the sideline. Moving to 5-5 on the season, the Commanders are right on the edge of being a wild card team.
The Commanders moved to 3-1 with Heinicke as the starting quarterback and 2-4 with Carson Wentz. While Wentz has the superior arm and resume, the team has clearly found a groove with Heinicke, as he has a very enticing blend of playmaking and daringness as a thrower.
Heinicke was spotted on the team plane with several snazzy diamond chains, as the defense was clearly feeling what Heinicke provided in the shocking upset. Don’t look now, but the Commanders have suddenly become one of the hottest teams in the NFC.
Commanders QB Taylor Heinicke celebrated a well-earned victory.
The Commanders have a classic quarterback competition on their hands. You have the player with superior stats and talent in Wentz going against the “winner” in Heinicke. If that video is any indication, this locker room would be more than alright if Heinicke remained the starter.
The win shouldn’t obscure the fact that Heinicke has some issues that he needs to clean up. Heinicke has turned the ball over five times in his four starts, including an interception late in this game that Scott Turner is still probably livid about. Still, Heinicke and the offense managed to step up when the chips were down.
At the very least, Heinicke has helped Washington establish an identity. If they can control the ball on the ground with Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson while getting two or three big downfield plays out of Terry McLaurin, even a team as talented as the Eagles will have trouble taking them down.
Heinicke may not be the team’s quarterback of the future, but it’s clear that he has the respect and command of this current team. The Commanders have made the playoffs before with Heinicke in tow, and they could repeat that feat if they pull off a few more upsets.