5 huge disappointments from the Commanders loss at Eagles in Week 4

It was a gut-wrencher for the Commanders...

Tress Way
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Commanders punter Tress Way

This one hurts.

Tress Way has been the Washington Commanders' best, most consistent player for the past decade. But the veteran punter had a very bad game against the Philadelphia Eagles, which was very out of character when one considers his impressive start to the 2023 campaign.

Way, who has consistently averaged in the high 40s on his punts for the past several years, only managed a 42.6-yard average on Sunday. More importantly, his net yards dropped from a season average of over 40 to just 35 in Week 4, which was extremely disappointing considering the fine margins involved in the overall outcome.

Part of that can be blamed on the punt coverage unit. But not the final punt.

In overtime, when the Commanders desperately needed a booming punt to pin Philadelphia deep in their own territory, Way had his worst kick of the year at the worst time imaginable.

It fluttered to the right and went out of bounds just 29 yards downfield. Jalen Hurts only needed two first downs to move the Eagles into position for Jake Elliott’s game-winning field goal, and the gifted signal-caller duly obliged to end any hopes Washington had of securing another shocking result at Lincoln Financial Field.