What were some major observations from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell's performance at the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4?
After stinking up FedEx Field against the Buffalo Bills, quarterback Sam Howell got the chance to redeem himself with a better performance against high-caliber opposition on the road. The Washington Commanders weren't fancied by many to get one over on the Philadelphia Eagles, but that was also the case in 2022 and we all know how that one turned out.
Howell spoke well about his failings throughout this week and seemed confident enough that the same mistakes wouldn't happen again. However, the Commanders were embarking on a completely different environment versus a defensive front that's taken no prisoners throughout Philadelphia's three-game unbeaten run to begin the campaign.
As it turned out, the Commanders and Howell suffered a heartbreaking loss against their fierce rival despite a much-improved display.
With that in mind, here are four major observations from Howell's performance at Lincoln Financial Field.
Sam Howell's impressive start
If there were any nerves from Sam Howell, he didn't show them early on. The Washington Commanders put together an outstanding first drive that eventually resulted in wide receiver Curtis Samuel going in from close range, which was exactly what the team and its signal-caller needed after such a torrid outing against the Buffalo Bills.
Howell looked assured in the pocket, connected on two tremendous balls with Terry McLaurin, and benefitted significantly from a balanced attack with eight runs and six passes. He followed this up with another second-drive score, which alleviated any concerns about how the signal-caller could respond in the face of adversity for the first time in his pro career.