Sam Howell's horror show
This was not Sam Howell's day. It began terribly and didn't get much better after that.
It was perhaps fitting that Howell ended arguably the worst game of his professional career with a pick-six. It was a torrid offensive display overall, but the quarterback carries the can and this raises some doubts as to whether or not he's the right guy.
The whole body of work indicates that's still the case. But Howell needs to top taking one step back when everything seems so positive - something that could also be said of the Washington Commanders franchise whenever they go up against supposedly inferior opposition.
Whether it's complacency or a lack of genuine preparation is debatable, But the execution on the offensive side of the football dictated perhaps taking the result for granted rather than properly focusing on the task at hand.
That's unacceptable whichever way one looks at it.
The Commanders are now 4-7 with the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins upcoming. Howell's development has quickly become the most important remaining objective, which is a sorry state of affairs considering Washington's failure to generate a winning record during Ron Rivera's head coaching tenure.
Howell is still auditioning for the QB1 job under the new regime, which seems likelier with every passing loss. However, this is not a game he'll want to remember with any great fondness.