The Good: Commanders offense makes major strides
5-0: In our ongoing tracker, we can note that the Washington Commanders are now 5-0 when Brian Robinson Jr. scores a touchdown. The running back finished with two rushing scores and made some big plays throughout on the receiving end as well.
108.8: Sam Howell played the best game of his career, finishing with a passer rating of 108.8, throwing for 266 yards and two touchdowns while hitting 10 different receivers and not turning the ball over.
Although he did face pressure throughout the game, it was good to see Howell respond and continue to make big plays in tough spots, leading his second straight fourth-quarter comeback.
-9: After falling behind 21-3 early and allowing Denver's offense to have its way on their first three drives, the Commanders' defense held the Broncos to -9 net yards of offense on its next three drives.
During that period, the Commanders forced a fumble and two punts. This allowed the offense to climb back and tie the game at 21 early in the third quarter.
7: The Broncos' offensive line allowed the lowest pressure rate in the NFL in Week 1, giving up two sacks and four quarterback hits. The Commanders' defense feasted, getting 7 sacks and eight hits on Russell Wilson.
They harassed Wilson throughout the game, excluding the Broncos' first three drives. The three-headed monster of Chase Young, Daron Payne, and Montez Sweat combined for four of the seven sacks.
It had been 700+ days since Young last had a sack. Welcome back.
Note: This was the biggest comeback for Washington since Kirk Cousins led the team to victory after being down 24-0 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7 of the 2015 season. That game ended with the now-famous "You like that?" soundbite. Somewhere in Minnesota, the former QB1 is smiling.
3-0: Howell became the first Washington quarterback to start his career 3-0 since Ed Rubbert in 1987. Todd Collins also won his first three starts in 2007 after taking over for Jason Campbell, but he was a spry 36 years old at the time.
Howell just celebrated his 23rd birthday the Saturday before the Broncos win.