5 winners and losers from the Commanders defeat vs. Eagles in Week 8

It was so near yet so far again for the Commanders...

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Winner No. 3

Sam Howell - Commanders QB

Aside from a couple of critical errors late in the game, quarterback Sam Howell turned in a performance of the highest caliber. The former fifth-round selection's two best outings of the season have come against the Philadelphia Eagles, which is a testament to his ability to rise up in the face of adversity if nothing else.

Howell put together an almost flawless first half. He looked composed in the pocket, benefitting greatly from a shift in schematics from offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and the changes to the Washington Commanders' offensive line.

Sadly for Howell and the Commanders, he coughed up an interception in the fourth quarter. The one-time North Carolina stud also missed veteran wide receiver Terry McLaurin on a relatively easy completion by putting the ball too low - although it was catchable.

Howell was focused on the bad rather than the good after this one. However, gaining almost 400 passing yards and four touchdowns versus such an exceptional defense further cemented his credentials about becoming the Commanders' long-term option under center.

When Howell gets time in the pocket, good things happen. His improved awareness in terms of recognizing pressure was another encouraging sign, but there's just no telling what the future holds if Josh Harris' ownership group makes landmark changes to the coaching infrastructure and front office when the campaign concludes.