5 winners and losers from the Commanders heartbreaking loss at Eagles in Week 4

It was so near, so far for the Commanders...

Emmanuel Forbes
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Winner No. 3

Eric Bieniemy - Commanders OC

If Jack Del Rio is having trouble adjusting to ever-changing times, that cannot be said of Eric Bieniemy. The play-caller came in for criticism regarding a lack of offensive balance last time out against the Buffalo Bills, but what fans witnessed in Week 4 was far more encouraging.

Bieniemy schemed things up extremely well. This was a tall order going up versus a formidable Philadelphia Eagles defense with weapons everywhere you look, but they were on the back foot immediately thanks to the Washington Commanders' opening two drives going for touchdowns.

This trend continued throughout the game, which proves this offense has unreal potential under Bieniemy's guidance. The offensive coordinator put Sam Howell in manageable situations and relied on the run despite facing a stout defensive front. There was even time for a gamble or two along the way to keep the Eagles on their toes.

Of course, this wasn't enough to emerge with what would have been a priceless win against divisional opposition. However, the Commanders' offense was far from the biggest issue behind their narrow demise.

Bieniemy called for calm last week in the immediate aftermath of such a humbling loss versus the Bills. This clearly resonated with his players and the offense was efficient enough to suggest more profitability could be on the way when the struggling Chicago Bears come to town.