Despite all the noise the week before, Burgundy and Gold were playing over their heads against the defending AFC champions.
You could call it a two-half story.
Washington led Kansas City 13-10 in intermission, and the offense supported practices while the defense produced turnovers.
Despite all the noise the week before, from a former executive receiving emails that brought down the Raiders coach upon the sudden announcement of the late No.21’s retirement Sean Taylor, the Burgundy and Gold were playing. over their heads against the defender. AFC champions.
But once the air for the second half settled in, the team we’ve come to know and love this fall resurfaced. From a failed field goal to a three-and-out in the third quarter, to an interception in the fourth, the offense suddenly dried up.
Meanwhile, the defense allowed three straight touchdowns, including a 15-play, 96-yard walk that took 7:18 in the fourth quarter and dispelled any doubt about Washington’s 31-13 loss. And instead of going back to 0.500, Washington is 2-4 wondering when their next meal will come.
Taylor’s hour: Heinicke completed 24-39 passes for 182 yards (check often?), Throwing a touchdown pass with an interception (in the fourth quarter with the team at 18). While in previous weeks he was playing games with his feet, Heinicke didn’t throw the ball once and he wasn’t sacked on Sunday. At the end of each week, he’s more like the hard worker with a cap than the liner who only needed a chance in the spotlight. But he is the best option at the moment.
Running companions: The tandem of JD McKissic (eight runs for 45 yards plus eight catches for 65 yards) and Antonio Gibson (10 runs for 44 yards with a fumble) provided the necessary lightning and thunder. Sadly, that wasn’t enough to keep up with the Chiefs’ pace, but you need to have confidence in the ground game to move forward.
Go catch the fever: Ricky Seals-Jones admirably replaced the injured near-end Logan Thomas, catching four passes for 58 yards and the team’s lone touchdown. Terry McLaurin made four catches for 28 yards, probably feeling the absence of the injured Curtis Samuel. Dyami Brown made three catches for 30 yards, twice converting a third and long.
Third and first / second: Washington had 7-14 to move the chains, converting 6-10 silver downs in the first half and 1-4 after intermission. Gibson moved the chains on his two races while McKissic’s only postponement resulted in a conversion. Heinicke completed 6-11 assists with four conversions. The main target? Dyami Brown had caught two of the four balls thrown for a pair of conversions. Yard Distribution: 3-4 on short yards, 1-4 on 3rd and 4-6 required yards, 3-6 on long yards.
D wins another: Washington has allowed 499 yards and 31 points (extending its streak to five straight games over 30 points). Rookie Jamin Davis led the team with 11 tackles while Cole Holcomb made 10 saves with a sack. Kendall Fuller and Bobby McCain each intercepted Patrick Mahomes in the first half while Kamren Curl recorded a fumble recovery. On the third try, Washington allowed the Chiefs to move the chains on 11 to 17 attempts, including eight in a row in the second half (once again an enemy Washington gets a non-conversion in the dying minutes to run). Too many third tackles made by defensive backs after the conversion. After six weeks, the defense that was supposed to carry this team is the last in the NFL to defend the pass and leave the field on the third down.
Special situations: Dustin Hopkins logged on on 43- and 50-yard field goal attempts while missing a 42-yard that ended up being the team’s last best chance to score. He had three touchbacks in four kickoffs while the one returned was tackled at Kansas City 15. Tress Way averaged 58 yards per punt (with a long of 66) while being whistled for falling. a blocker on a return from a punt. Deandre Carter averaged 19 yards per kickoff return with a 23-long punt and no punt was returned by Washington. The coverage of the punt allowed returns of 25 and 31 yards.
Flying flags: Six penalties accepted on nine flags (two refused and one compensatory) for 44 yards. Two on offense (false start and pass interference), five on defense (two offside, two strikes and one illegal use of hands), two on special teams (low block and offside). So far this year, false starts and offensive / special teams are the most frequent infractions with seven apiece, and William Jackson III’s five penalties punctuate the squad (he was reported a sixth time on Sunday but the penalty was refused). The most expensive flag? Back-to-back games where Montez Sweat and Chase Young were offside. The former turned a fourth and 10 into a third and five while the latter would have yielded a first down if the Chiefs had not converted the third and five. Kansas City would score the go-ahead two games after making the first down.
Division digestion: Dallas (5-1) leads the NFC East and owns the fourth seed in the NFC after losing the winning force tiebreaker with Green Bay and Tampa Bay. Washington (2-4) retains its second place due to a better division record than Philadelphia while the New York Giants (1-5) remain in the cellar. Washington, Philly and the Giants are currently 12th, 13th and 15th in the conference.
From North to Northwest: NFC West (15-8) continues to lead the foursome competition but is closely followed by AFC North (15-9). The NFC East (10-14) narrowly precedes the AFC East (8-15) and South (8-16) who bring up the rear. The NFC have a 17-12 lead over the AFC in the consistently disappointing conference competition.