What were some major observations from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell's performance against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8?
Sam Howell is on course to be the most sacked quarterback in NFL history. Facing the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles and their stout defensive front represented a tough obstacle to overcome, but the signal-caller could take great heart from his heroics against the NFC conference champions earlier this season before falling in overtime.
The Washington Commanders' fortunes were hanging in the balance heading into this one. Nobody expected all that much after such an inept showing in Week 7 at the New York Giants, but those within the building - Howell included - were obviously keen to put together a bounce-back performance.
As it turned out, Howell and the Commanders couldn't upset the Eagles despite a valiant effort. This piles more pressure on head coach Ron Rivera with the team sitting at 3-5 and seemingly going nowhere fast.
With this in mind, here are four major observations from Howell's performance at FedEx Field in Week 8.
Sam Howell'sensational start
If the Washington Commanders were looking to Sam Howell for inspiration, they got it right out of the gate. The former fifth-round selection was nothing short of phenomenal over the opening two drives, moving the ball extremely well, going a perfect 7-for-7, and delivering a sensation touchdown throw to Terry McLaurin for good measure.
Howell was also kept upright by his revamped offensive line, which obviously helped. When the quarterback gets time to go through his progressions and the scheme plays to his strengths, the production follows more often than not.
It was a promising opening from Howell that also came with a 139.0 passer rating. But there was a long way to go versus a team that came into the contest high in confidence.