Sam Howell's ball security
One of the biggest criticisms surrounding Sam Howell in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals was the number of turnovers conceded. The quarterback was probably nervous and a little too eager to impress in front of a sold-out crowd at FedEx Field, but seeing growth in this area was absolutely essential to stand any chance of beating the Denver Broncos.
As it turned out, Howell protected the football with supreme conviction. The Washington Commanders asked a lot from their man under center - throwing the football 30 times in the first half - but the one-time North Carolina stud was efficient and effective in equal measure to inspire a monumental comeback for the ages.
Howell completed 69.23 percent of his passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. This was another huge step in the right direction for a player that looks to have the world at his feet currently.
There were some throws that weren't quite on target. However, when the time came for Howell to produce the goods, he answered the call more often than not behind a strong running game after the half-time interval.
Taking care of the football - especially when the Commanders go on their travels - will be integral to Howell's success this season. Judging by his latest performance, he's taken on board coaching and putting it to good use when it matters most.
And it's been a long time since fans could say that about a Commanders quarterback.