Sam Howell couldn't have done much more
Aside from the third-quarter fumble, Sam Howell turned in another quality performance. He did everything possible to get the Washington Commanders over the line, but the defense just didn't have enough in their arsenal to prevent a walk-off field goal to condemn them to their sixth loss of the campaign.
Howell looks to have sent the game into overtime by leading a tunning final drive that resulted in Dyami Brown going over for a touchdown. This capped off another 300-yard passing day for the signal-caller, which came without an interception, three scores through the air, and a passer rating of 109.3 as a result of his efforts.
The Commanders didn't come away with what would have been a crucial win, but this performance did nothing to suggest Howell isn't the quarterback to lead this franchise moving forward. They might be in a transition year, but even the likes of Josh Harris and Magic Johnson from the new ownership group must acknowledge Washington could have something special on their hands.
It didn't go the Commanders' way and their slim chances of reaching the wild card places suffered a blow. However, if Howell can enhance his credentials during what looks like a daunting run of games down the stretch, building around the gunslinger is an easy decision.
This was another so near yet so far moment from Howell. But the team's eventual loss wasn't on him by any stretch.