What huge disappointments emerged from the Washington Commanders' thrilling overtime loss at the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4?
They say there are no moral victories in professional sports. If that’s true, the Washington Commanders came as close as possible to one on Sunday in their 34-31 overtime loss to the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Sam Howell and the entire offense responded to a dreadful game against the Buffalo Bills with their most assured performance of the year. On the road, against an undefeated team giving up fewer than 20 points a game, Eric Bieniemy’s crew scored 31, including a miraculous touchdown to tie the game with no time on the clock.
Ron Rivera’s decision to eschew a two-point try at the end and go into overtime may count as a disappointment to some. I understand the strategy, and I agree with it, though I must admit I would have liked to have seen what would have happened had they rolled the dice. But I do not count that as a disappointment.
What's important for the Commanders is building on the obvious positives that emerged from their latest road loss. It'll sting for a day or two - especially considering how close they came to getting one over on their divisional rivals - but time to dwell is a luxury Washington doesn't have with a quick upcoming turnaround before taking the primetime stage.
Before we get to that point, here are five huge disappointments from the Commanders' heartbreaking reverse at Lincoln Financial Field.