After overcoming an 18-point deficit and squeaking out a victory late, what were some of the critical observations from the Washington Commanders' Week 2 win?
Less than 24 hours after witnessing Deion Sanders' Colorado team come back from 11 down to beat Colorado State, we saw a matchup between two former Buffaloes in Eric Bieniemy and Vance Joseph.
And it was almost as if the Washington Commanders were repeating the history from the night before. The Buffaloes were able to complete their largest fourth-quarter comeback since 2005, while Ron Rivera's men had their biggest road victory since 1990.
The Buffaloes saw one of their top weapons Travis Hunter knocked out of the game on a late hit, and the Commanders suffered a similar fate. Logan Thomas was knocked out with a concussion after he somehow managed to hold on to the football for a fourth-down touchdown reception late in the second quarter.
The common denominator for both teams was resilience. Deion Sanders noted it after his team's win.
"Tonight, we showed resilience. I mean, the guys had every opportunity to give up they had every opportunity in. And they never doubted themselves on the sideline. I mean, we were upset with some of the things not being executed that we're called. But these young men never, they give up, and everyone in total, and that's it, guys."- Deion Sanders via Saturday Down South
Does that not sound similar to Bieniemy's quote about "dragging your ass across the finish line"?
This team continues to show heart when many pundits continue to count them out. But, why should we be surprised? This is a team with multiple chips on their shoulders.
Let's start with an offensive coordinator looking to prove his worth after being overlooked countless times for a head coaching job.
We move on to a head coach who overcame cancer and had to deal with all of the former owner's baggage throughout his tenure.
An anticipated first-round quarterback who fell to the fifth round after a subpar junior year. A running back who was shot during an attempted carjacking only to come back stronger than ever. A defensive end who has dealt with injuries and been labeled a bust for taking too long to return to the field.
This Commanders' team has already overcome a lot, and this Week 2 win was just their latest accomplishment. Let's get into the key observations from the 35-33 win over the Broncos.