Major takeaways from Washington’s loss to Seattle, and where they go from here
If you're a fan of the Washington Football team, walking in on a Sunday night after seeing your team lose is nothing new. What is new, however, is your team's defeat, where they had a chance to win just before the final whistle and which they treat with a sense of apathy.
Washington lost to the Seahawks by five points (20:15) on Sunday afternoon, and they were near an unlikely comeback win after the offensive woke up in the fourth quarter and scored a few hits. In the end, however, the game didn't mean much. With the New York Giants to play against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night (Editor's Note: The Giants Lost), Washington still held the top at NFC East and their chances in the playoffs remain high. The loss didn't do much to change anything other than maybe affect the fans in one way or another when it comes to Dwayne Haskins' future or show that this team actually has the chance to make some good teams to beat when they are disciplined enough not to start slowly.
Regardless of how you're feeling, we can say that on Sunday we learned a few things about the team, while remaining equally undecided on other matters too. Here are our biggest takeaways from the game:
Relax, the playoffs are still in sight
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This is pretty much what we covered in our intro to this article. The loss on Sunday wasn't a big deal because it wasn't a big deal in a big way. Washington has been on an extremely fun heater last month and had to end at some point. Of course, they would have liked to beat the Seahawks and extend the winning streak to five games, but c'est la vie. Looking at the playoff picture, not much has changed this week as the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants both lost. If Washington can win next week and the week after, the division is theirs. If they can win next week and the Giants lose, some starters can rest in week 17. Https://twitter.com/JPFinlayNBCS/status/1340827082050441217 It would have been a huge win for the franchise on Sunday, especially considering a handful of starters were unable to hold their ground due to injury, but it didn't happen . On to the next. Now the games are really starting to matter.
The depth of defense is an issue ...
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We mentioned the injuries earlier, but let's take a closer look at this. In that game, Washington played on defense only without LB Cole Holcomb, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis and S Deshazor Everett. In the middle of the game, LB Shaun Dion Hamilton also suffered an elbow injury. That let LBs Thomas Davis, Jon Bostic and Khaleke Hudson (Rookie) close the gap. The result wasn't great. It's hard to ask a defense to do well when many of your first options are off the table, but it has indicated some of the lack of depth Washington has on this side of the ball, especially in the linebacker position. In the end, it all resulted in the Seahawks relying heavily on the game in progress, hitting a total of 181 yards and a touchdown. We can hope that some of the linebackers will be healthy and ready to go again next week, but this is definitely something that needs to be addressed in both the free agency and next year's draft. Washington's overall defense is too good to have a mediocre core of linebackers.
An uninspiring offense
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Washington just played a boring soccer game on Sunday. Some of this can be traced back to the fact that Dwayne Haskins was with quarterback rather than Alex Smith, but that's still no excuse for OC Scott Turner to go to the Milquetoast section of his playbook and set up a shop. Gone were the trick games that had become known and loved by fans during the winning streak. gone were the jet sweeps and pre-snap moves that kept the defense busy. It was a simple offense that resulted in mediocre performance. Maybe we have Haskins to blame. Maybe he's not experienced enough on an NFL offensive to handle all of this, but it would have been nice if he at least tried.
Logan Thomas has earned his place in Washington for years to come
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I'm not sure if TE Logan Thomas does plays this year at least it will ever get old. After Washington had such an urgent need for a close ending this season, it's incredibly exciting to realize that they have indeed found a competent cheap one. Thomas was back on the field on Sunday, taking 13 catches for 101 yards. Haskins aimed at him 15 times and Seattle couldn't come up with an answer for the former QB who became TE. Thomas signed a $ 6 million 2 year deal this off-season so he's in DC at least in 2021, but I think any fan would agree if they said they'd be happy to see the TE long term signed in Washington and will remain so in the future.
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