Commanders lost despite correcting problems
The Washington Commanders have struggled to run the ball in 2023. On Sunday, they pounded the New York Giants for 174 rushing yards on 28 carries, to the tune of 6.2 yards per carry.
They entered the game averaging 88 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry. So this represented a huge step in the right direction despite the opposition boasting one of the league's worst records coming into the clash.
Linebackers Jamin Davis and David Mayo - who have struggled to stop opposing running backs all year - dominated the line of scrimmage through three quarters. This accounted for an impressive five tackles for loss.
It took the linebacking corps eight weeks to combine for that many tackles for loss at the start of the season. The Commanders blitzed early and often, sacking Giants’ quarterback Tommy DeVito nine times – a season-high - and the third-highest total in team history.
And despite all that, they still managed to lose. It seems as if this franchise is always coming up with new ways to disappoint, which is an indictment of Ron Rivera's head coaching tenure as the walls begin to close.
The Commanders cannot seem to put everything together in all three phases. That's become the story of yet another underwhelming season.