4 major observations from Sam Howell's performance vs. the Dolphins in Week 13

How did QB1 fare in his latest outing?

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What were some major observations from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell's performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week 13?

Sam Howell got the chance to cement his claims to become the Washington Commanders starting quarterback beyond 2023 against a gifted Miami Dolphins defense in Week 13. Not many anticipated a home victory in soaking wet conditions at FedEx Field, which was the final commitment before players and staff embarked on their long-awaited bye.

Howell's done well overall during his first full season under center. It's been a rollercoaster at times, but the former fifth-round selection has demonstrated enough encouraging growth to suggest more could emerge once areas around the signal-caller are reinforced.

Keeping up with the high-octane Dolphins offense is a task not many have accomplished effectively this season. As it turned out, the Commanders didn't put up much of a fight when it was time to lock horns with an up-and-coming juggernaut.

With this in mind, here are four major observations from Howell's performance in Week 13.

Sam Howell was under constant duress

Vic Fangio was always going to bring the heat on Sam Howell. The defensive coordinator is one of the shrewdest minds around, which made life extremely uncomfortable for the signal-caller behind a woeful offensive lie.

Howell was under pressure for the large majority of the game. He did well in the pocket and held firm, but the North Carolina product was on the back foot after the Washington Commanders got down early.

The three sacks against Howell were only a small part of the story. The Miami Dolphins got into the backfield almost at will, leaving the signal-caller with no option other than to take hits, get the football out quickly, and improvise.