What were some major observations from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell's performance against the New York Giants in Week 11?
Sunday's game represented another chance for Sam Howell to stake his claim as the Washington Commanders starting quarterback in 2024 and beyond. He was also looking to avenge a loss earlier in the campaign where he was sacked six times en route to a disappointing 21.0 QBR at the New York Giants.
The Commanders had to win this one in pursuit of avoiding things spiraling out of control. They were heavily favored with sportsbooks, so the onus was on Howell to lead by example and drive Washington forward with a sold-out crowd watching intently.
As it turned out, the Commanders were once again undone by costly mistakes en route to a shocking loss. This moves them to 0-4 in the division, 4-7 overall, and their campaign in tatters.
With this in mind, here are four major observations from Howell's performance in Week 11 at FedEx Field.
Sam Howell's early confidence knock
It wasn't the best opening to the game for Sam Howell. The quarterback took a big hit when it would have been easier to slide after gaining a first down, which was swiftly followed by a deep interception intended for wide receiver Dyami Brown.
This knocked Howell's confidence throughout the first half. He was fortunate not to throw another pick in the second quarter and just didn't appear to have the same control in the pocket versus a stout New York Giants defensive line led by Dexter Lawrence.
Offensively, it was disjointed. And once again, it was almost as if the Commanders were playing down to their opposition.