What were some major observations from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell's performance at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10?
After another polished display from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell at the New England Patriots last time out, the former fifth-round pick faced what's arguably the toughest environment of his professional career to date. While Lincoln Financial Field was as hostile as it gets, the noise generated at Lumen Field represented another significant obstacle to overcome.
Howell's gaining some real traction at the moment. He's been eager to make the most out of his exceptional opportunity to lead the Commanders in 2023, which can hopefully turn into a long-term arrangement and allow those in power to focus on improving other areas around the signal-caller in pursuit of sustained success.
The Seattle Seahawks weren't going to make things easy for Howell, that's for sure. As it turned out, the Commanders and Howell were edged out at the death despite a tremendous effort from the signal-caller.
With this in mind, here are four major observations from Howell's performance in Week 10.
Sam Howell's early statement
If Sam Howell and the Washington Commanders wanted to set an early tone, they achieved it emphatically. The signal-caller conjured up a moment of pure magic to evade pressure before hitting running back Brian Robinson Jr. in stride for a 51-yard touchdown.
This silenced the crowd at Lumen Field - albeit briefly - and let Pete Carroll's men know that the Commanders wouldn't be going down without a fight with Howell under center. It was only the game's first drive, but it's another example of no moment being too big for the gunslinger.
Howell is becoming more creative in the pocket and trusts his feet much more than earlier in the campaign. Something that continues to bear fruit with plays like this.