Commanders key numbers: Bounce back effort falls just short at the Eagles

Yes, there are no moral victories in football, but there are stepping stones...

Ron Rivera and Brian Robinson Jr.
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The Good: Commanders QB Sam Howell bounces back

5: Sam Howell hit five different receivers on the last drive of regulation, leading a 10-play, 64-yard drive capped off by a 10-yard completion to Jahan Dotson in the end zone as time expired. He completed 66 percent of his passes on the last drive of regulation, and finished the game with 290 passing yards, 40 rushing yards, a touchdown, and no turnovers.

To put his play in perspective; in Jalen Hurts' first start of his career against the Washington Commanders, he went 7-for-20 for 72 passing yards, one interception, and two rushing touchdowns in a loss.

107: The Philadelphia Eagles came into the game with the top run defense, holding opponent's to 48.3 yards per game. The Commanders were able to finish with 107 rushing yards behind a much-more balanced offensive approach.

Brian Robinson Jr. led all Commanders' rushers with 45 yards and a touchdown. He came up five yards short of 50, ending the NFL's longest active streak of consecutive games with 50-plus rushing yards (10). It was also the first time Washington has lost when he scored a touchdown.

4: The defense held D'Andre Swift to four yards per carry after he came in averaging a hair under seven over his last two games. He finished with 56 rushing yards, after going for a combined 305 the previous two weeks.

0: The Eagles came into the game as the only team to force multiple turnovers in each of their first three games. The Commanders came in with a -3 turnover differential, but were able to avoid any turnovers against Philadelphia. Robinson did fumble in the end zone, but it was recovered by Terry McLaurin for a touchdown.

47: The Commanders came into the game with the second-worst third-down conversion percentage at 25.81 percent, ahead of only the New York Jets. They finished the game, 8-for-17, converting on 47% of their third-downs, including going 4-for-5 on the two drives that tied the game at 24 and 31.