Commanders key numbers: Defense falters late at the Seahawks in Week 10

Another strong Sam Howell performance gone to waste...

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The Good: Commanders QB Sam Howell continues to progress

4:1: Sam Howell has a 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio over the last three games. This coincides with when the Washington Commanders made a change to the offensive line rotation.

Howell seems to get more comfortable in Eric Bieniemy's offense every week. He does occasionally try to do too much, as he did on his scrambling first down where he fumbled, but the quarterback has cut down on mistakes.

He finished the game with 312 passing yards, three touchdowns, and a 109.3 passer rating, including his dime to Dyami Brown that tied the game.

6.44: After only having five rushing attempts in the entire first half, the Commanders did try to incorporate the running game a bit more later. In the second half, the team averaged a strong 6.44 yards per carry, including 15-yard gains from both Howell (fumbled) and Brian Robinson Jr.

Eric Bieniemy needs to make a stronger commitment to the running game earlier on so the team doesn't get as one-dimensional.

161: Robinson and Antonio Gibson combined for 161 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks. The former Alabama star's 119 receiving yards are the most for any Commanders player this season and the sixth most by a Washington running back since 1970.

The combined receiving yardage for Robinson and Gibson is the most in a single game by Washington running backs since at least 2017.

5-5: Although he missed his first extra point of the season, Joey Slye has continued to build on his strong campaign, going 5-for-5 on field goals the last three weeks, including 2-2 against the Seahawks.

He also hit his career-high from 61 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. We have to give Tress Way credit where it's due as well. He has been bailing out Camaron Cheeseman for suspect snaps.

18.18: After allowing the Seahawks to convert on two of their first three third-down attempts, the Commanders' defense held Seattle to 2-for-11 (18.18%) over the remainder of the game. Washington had the best third-down defense last year, so any progress in that direction should be noted, even though the overall trajectory of the game was a defensive letdown.