What were some major observations from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell's performance at the New York Giants in Week 7?
After doing just enough to help the Washington Commanders get their 2023 campaign back on track at the Atlanta Falcons, quarterback Sam Howell was aiming for his second NFC East win as the team's starting signal-caller in Week 7 at the New York Giants. This was a good opportunity for Ron Rivera's men to get another important victory considering how Brian Daboll's squad has struggled to replicate their postseason form last time out en route to a 1-5 start.
There have been a couple of rough outings for Howell, but the overall outlook is immensely encouraging. Once a few key areas are cleaned up by the Commanders' coaching staff and the former fifth-round selection gains additional experience, the sky's the limit.
This was another stiff test for Howell versus a stout defensive front despite the Giants' current complications. As it turned out, the Commanders once again flattered to deceive en route to yet another embarrassing loss.
With this in mind, here are four major observations from Howell's performance at MetLife Stadium.
Sam Howell's torrid first half
If the Washington Commanders offense was hoping to just steamroll a New York Giants team lacking confidence, it was clear from very early out that wasn't going to be the case. It was a torrid first half all around.
Wink Martindale's defense had its way, making life extremely uncomfortable for Sam Howell right out of the gate. This is a trend that continued throughout the opening two quarters.
These statistics spoke for themselves. And there was more than enough blame to go around.
- 35.71 percent completion
- 60 passing yards
- 0 touchdowns
- 1 interception
- 5 sacks against
- 11 rushing yards
- 19.9 passer rating (ESPN)
In truth, the Commanders were fortunate to only be 14 points down at the break. Howell's interception was ill-advised, but some errors were not of his own doing.
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