LANDOVER, Md. (WDVM) – With 8 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, the Washington football team were outgaining the New Orleans Saints 187 yards to 179 yards, converting four out of nine third downs. Washington’s defense also forced two turnovers, including defensive end Chase Young’s first sack of the game.
With eight seconds left in the first half, New Orleans’ quarterback Jameis Winston chucked a 49 yards bomb to Marquez Calloway for a hail mary to complete swing momentum back in the Saints favor. Washington would trod off to the locker room, trailing 20-13.
That big play, would serve as the necessary catalyst for New Orleans to come out with a 33-22 win over the Washington Football Team.
“We were thinking field goal, not Hail Mary,” safety Landon Collins explained. “When the ball was in the air, we weren’t, um, we just weren’t prepared for that one. That wasn’t what we were expecting.”
“I’m very frustrated because we’ve got too many good football players to not be better than what we are now. But your record tells you what you are. That’s what we are – we’re a 2-3 football team right now.”
Washington ended the game with more total yards than New Orleans, 373-369, and outgaining the Saints on the ground, 131-98. Washington’s defense would limit the Saints 4-of-11 on third downs, but failed to stop them when it mattered.
“I can only speak from my point of view.” said DL Matt Ioannidis, “We need to rush better, we need to be more sound on the run game. Great thing about this league is there is a great opportunity next week, but this is gonna sting for a little bit.”
“The players out there, we have to do better.” said William Jackson III, when asked about the large-chunk plays that have been torching Washington’s defense early in the season, “It’s not on the coaches, we have to do better in our communication in believing in each other.”
Offensively, Washington only produced 9 points in the second half, a field goal, and a 1 yard rush up the middle from Antonio Gibson. Gibson had 20 carries on the afternoon, totaling 60 yards.
Meanwhile, Washington’s quarterback Taylor Heinicke finished the game completing 20 out of 41 throws, for no touchdowns, and had two interceptions. Washington had five trips to the red zone and on one of those trips, Heinicke was intercepted at the 2-yard line by Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo.
“When you’re down in the redzone and you got points on the board, you just can’t give the other team the ball.” said Taylor Heinicke in his postgame press conference.
“I thought Taylor had his moments,” Rivera said. “He made some plays, gave us some opportunities a couple of times I think he tried to force it, and that’s hard because he’s trying to make plays.”
Taylor Heinicke pulled off an eight play drive, for 75 yards, culminating in a one-yard up the middle for Antonio Gibson. But on the previous drive, he turned over the ball throwing an interception to P.J Williams, and on the drive after the touchdown, he turned it over on downs on a 4th, and 10.
“It’s Week 5, you’ve got 12 more games to go.” said Taylor, when asked about the guys in the locker room echoing the long season ahead, “It sucks that we’re losing. We’re all going to be pissed off tonight, but we’ll come tomorrow morning, we’ll get ready for Kansas City, again like you said, it’s a long season.”
“I think we lack a little bit of confidence right now.” said Rivera, “We got a little bit of confidence, we made some things happen, then we made a couple of mistakes, and we lost a little bit of confidence.”
“We gotta keep our confidence level up if we expect to have a chance to win football games.”