What a sport – and what a Curler Coaster THRILL RIDE this was once!
As is conventional with maximum NFL contests, this matchup had its percentage of ups and downs. Thankfully for the Commanders, the ups outweighed the downs when it mattered maximum and the house group got here away with a key opening day win to bring in a brand new technology of Washington Commanders Soccer.
Even though Washington got here out with a victory, in addition they got here away with extra questions than solutions and could also be having a look at some vital accidents in addition. However, a win is a win and lovers will have to savor those.
Under are my Studs and Duds of the sport adopted through some notes.
Jahan Dotson – The rookie hauled in 3 receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns – none larger than the fantastic catch he made within the left aspect of the endzone to provide the Commanders the lead for just right. It was once a heck of a begin to the teenager’s occupation.
Curtis Samuel – Regardless of a pricey fumble in opposition to the tip of the second one quarter on a run, Samuel truly rose to the instance to the music of 8 receptions for 55 yards and a landing. He chipped in 17 dashing yards on 4 carries. What was once most enjoyable is to peer precisely how this personnel plans to deploy him in every single place the offense.
Antonio Gibson – With out a Brian Robinson, Gibson was once the workhouse at the afternoon, each as a ball provider and a receiver out of the backfield. He had 58 dashing yards on 14 carries and stuck seven passes for 72 yards (each group highs). Most significantly, he held onto the soccer!
Daron Payne – Payne was once a BIG ache for the Jaguars offensive line Sunday afternoon. He was once credited with 3 tackles (two of that have been stuffs), a sack and a take on for a loss. He additionally batted down two passes and had 3 pressures.
Darrick Forrest – Taking part in rather than the injured Kam Curl, Forrest confirmed up and confirmed out towards the Jags. He completed 2d at the group in tackles with 5, had a compelled fumble, two passes defended (together with a key 2-point conversion strive), and ended the sport with an interception.
Carson Wentz – I really went backward and forward in this one, however finally, Wentz was once why we gained this sport. He had two interceptions, however he stayed poised and got here thru once we wanted him maximum within the fourth quarter. The deep ball to Terry down the correct sideline was once a superbly thrown ball (and one we wouldn’t have observed made ultimate season). Wentz threw the ball 41 instances, finishing 27 of the ones for 313 yards and 4 landing with two interceptions. He additionally added 12 yards at the floor and was once sacked simply as soon as.
Honorable Point out:
Scott Turner – I’ve been announcing all offseason that that is the yr we truly get to peer the actual Scott Turner offense; one that’s not restricted through the quarterback. This workforce got here out sizzling, and remained so till the Jags protection made some changes. Then, when the sport was once at the line, the offense got here thru over again to safe the W! What we noticed was once guys moved in every single place the formations to create mismatches. We noticed Samuel utilized in a hybrid position and Gibson functioning as a WEAPON out of the backfield.
Turner’s offense publish 390 yards and scored 28 issues (all touchdowns). They went 7-10 on 3rd down (a MASSIVE development from ultimate yr), and regulated time of ownership. I believe this offense will simplest get well because the season continues.
Kendall Fuller – Fuller had a VERY tough afternoon, committing more than one consequences within the secondary and getting beat through the Jags receivers with regularity. I counted a minimum of two key overlooked tackles through the veteran CB.
Cole Holcomb – Holcomb had a tricky sport. He was once crushed through Robinson for a landing move within the flat, and likewise overlooked a take on that allowed Robinson to attain on a run. He was once fooled so badly on a Etienne run in the second one quarter, that he ran in the exact opposite direct of the play (if truth be told ran himself proper off the TV display).
– It’s exhausting for me to stay Terry McLaurin off the Studs checklist, as his 49 backyard landing catch on a superbly thrown ball from Wentz was once key to this victory. He had two receptions for 58 yards and a landing at the day.
– Jon Allen will have simply discovered himself at the Studs checklist as neatly, as he got here in and was once his same old disruptive self ahead of leaving later within the sport with an damage.
– You won’t see Montez Sweat stuffing the stat sheet this sport, however make no mistake – he made his presence felt! He were given more than one pressures on Lawrence and had two tipped passes. It was once his drive that led to the interception through Forrest to seal the sport.
– Jamin Davis had some just right moments but in addition struggled a little in protection. Then again, I don’t know a LB within the NFL who can duvet Christian Kirk one-on-one in area. He did have a sack burnt up because of an unlawful touch penalty through Fuller.
– It was once nice to peer Logan Thomas again in motion, and his giant first down catch at the ultimate force of the sport was once massive. I be expecting to peer his manufacturing building up and he and Wentz get extra happy with each and every different.
– I believed the offensive line did an actual great process this sport. There have been a couple of gaffes, however general, the unit performed neatly.
– Bates had a couple of respectable blocks, but in addition dropped a would-be first down on a 3rd and medium. The throw went during his palms.