What were some major observations from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell's performance at the New York Jets in Week 16?
Sam Howell's benching in Week 15 at the Los Angeles Rams meant the pressure was on to put together a better performance at the New York Jets. Time is running out for the quarterback to convince the new regime - whoever they might be - that he's worthy of getting another year under center. Nothing less than a profitable final three games will do.
The Jets posed another significant challenge for Howell. While their offense hasn't exactly set the world alight without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the defense continues to catch the eye. Specifically, the potent secondary led by All-Pro cornerback Sauce Gardner.
A big effort was needed from Howell to counteract this supreme threat. As it turned out, it was another horror show. Another benching. Another cloud descended.
With this in mind, here are four major observations from Howell's performance at MetLife Stadium in Week 16.
Sam Howell was let down immediately
It was important for Sam Howell to begin the game well. To say this failed to materialize would be an understatement of epic proportions.
Howell was let down by his teammates early. A dropped screen pass to Curtis Samuel was just the start. This was swiftly followed by Logan Thomas failing to bring in an easy reception, leading to a New York Jets interception.
It was all part of a cataclysmic five-minute period from the Washington Commanders to open the game that saw them down 17-0 before the contest barely started. Howell wasn't without blame, but the lack of execution from his pass-catchers was a joke, in all honesty.