What are some lingering observations as the page begins to turn on an impressive victory for the Washington Commanders in Week 6?
The Washington Commanders had a much-needed break to regroup and fix things before heading into Week 6 at the Atlanta Falcons. Suffering a home loss to the Chicago Bears put everyone on notice and that poor coaching coupled with suspect execution from the players was unacceptable.
With coach Ron Rivera posting a sign that read 'Do Your Job' in the days leading up to their clash with Atlanta, the question centered on how the players would respond. Especially considering they were coming up against a team that has been playing pretty well compared to their preseason projections.
The Commanders were ready to turn the page and prove they had what it takes to become a successful team. Something they managed to accomplish with a hard-fought road victory.
As the page begins to turn, here are four lingering observations from Washington's win down south.
Commanders got enough from Sam Howell
He didn't light up the stats sheet, but Sam Howell played within the game and was able to navigate the offense well. Despite a good showing, the quarterback still held the ball a little too long and took too many sacks - five on the day.
Make no mistake, Howell has improved each game - even in losing efforts. He was very impressive at the Falcons, completing 14 of 23 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns. One of his best plays was in the third quarter - a rollout dump-off pass to Brian Robinson Jr.
Howell has propelled himself into a solid quarterback under Eric Bieniemy - something the Washington Commanders haven't had in years. Also, the former fifth-round pick has made his name into the record books with his play, reaching 1,602 passing yards - the most in franchise history from a quarterback in his first seven career starts.
The North Carolina product will have ups and downs throughout the season. But it also says a lot about this young man that he has brought stability to a position Washington has lacked consistency for years.