Following a remarkable display versus the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, quarterback Sam Howell seized an opportunity to formally introduce himself on the grand national stage. The Washington Commanders graciously hosted the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field on Thursday Night Football, amidst another capacity crowd, in what was perceived as a pivotal encounter against a winless organization seemingly adrift.
In the unforgiving realm of the NFL, nothing is bestow freely. Sam Howell, cognizant of this reality, weathered the trials of the previous season and, through unwavering dedication, earned the admiration of his teammates, ultimately securing the coveted role of the primary quarterback during the rigorous preparatory phase.
All eyes converged upon Howell, eagerly awaiting his performance to ascertain if the former fifth-round draft selection could build upon his promising start to the season. Alas, the quarterback, despite his valiant efforts, could not conjure miracles. And an inauspicious beginning once again condemned the Commanders to an unexpected setback on their home turf.
In light of these circumstances. We now delve into four salient observations stemming from Howell’s Week 5 outing against the Bears.
The Commanders’ defensive unit found itself in an unenviable predicament. A far cry from the optimism following their stellar showing in Week 4. The Washington Commanders’ defensive line, in particular, endured a merciless onslaught during the initial quarter. With Chicago Bears’ wide receiver and one-time selection of the revered Ron Rivera, D.J. Moore, serving as the primary instigator in dismantling the home team’s defense.
After enduring two fruitless offensive series, both the Commanders and Sam Howell found themselves confronting a formidable uphill battle. Commencing proceedings at a languid pace is nothing unprecedented for the Washington squad on their home soil. Yet it exacerbated already considerable pressure on their fledgling signal-caller to engineer a resurgence and rekindle their prospects in contest.
To describe this situation as less than ideal would be a considerable understatement. Regrettably, the deficiencies that have plagued the Commanders’ defense throughout the 2023 campaign resurfaced to haunt them once more.