4 major observations from Sam Howell's performance vs. the Cowboys in Week 18

How did Sam Howell fare in what could be his last start in Washington?

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Sam Howell's rollercoaster first half

Sam Howell's first-half performance was a microcosm of how the season's gone for the quarterback. Some mesmerizing moments made you think the Washington Commanders might have their long-term player at the spot. These were matched by some suspect decisions and - you guessed it - another interception.

The pick completely shifted momentum in favor of the Dallas Cowboys. They are renowned for being opportunistic and punishing mistakes. This proved to be the case when they marched downfield quickly leading to a CeeDee Lamb score.

It was a rollercoaster first half for Howell. He was aggressive and looked to make things happen. A couple of glaring misses would have made things look even better. The North Carolina product even got himself a reception in the passing game from former college teammate Dyami Brown.

The stats reflected everything good and bad about Howell:

  • 66.66 percent completion
  • 109 passing yards
  • 1 touchdown
  • 1 interception
  • 1 sack against
  • 3 rushing yards
  • 4 receiving yards (1 reception)
  • 75.3 passer rating (ESPN)

The Commanders were down 21-10 at the break after having the lead briefly. The turnover completely sapped the life out of Washington. It's also been the story of Howell's season overall. Something that could lead the incoming regime to a new signal-caller when the time comes.

After all, dependability is everything when it comes to football's most important position.