Who were the big winners and losers from the Washington Commanders' hard-fought victory at the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6?
It wasn't pretty. But the result is all that mattered for the Washington Commanders after losing three straight and embarrassing themselves on Thursday Night Football against the Chicago Bears.
Washington got back to winning ways thanks in no small part to the turnover differential at the Atlanta Falcons. They made it more difficult than needed, but every player rolled up their sleeves and the defense improved enough to force quarterback Desmond Ridder into his customary errors.
Building on this positivity is the next big challenge for Ron Rivera and those within the locker room. The Commanders are favored to triumph at the New York Giants in Week 7, but complacency cannot become a factor given this team remains in a precarious situation.
That's for the future. For now, here are five winners and losers from Washington's triumph at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Winner No. 1
Casey Toohill - Commanders DL
For arguably the first time this season, the defensive line rotations seemed to bear fruit. Montez Sweat going out had a lot to do with it, but this was an undoubted positive for the Washington Commanders en route to their first win in four.
Casey Toohill was the pick of the bunch, coming up with two sacks and looking like someone worthy of more reps even when everyone is healthy. He won individual matchups consistently and when the time came to make a play, he stepped up.
Sweat's thumb injury isn't deemed serious, which could impact Toohill's playing time moving forward. But his production during limited involvement should be enough to catch the eye of Washington's coaching staff.