Football fans were treated to yet another lackluster Thursday Night Football game, where the Washington Commanders edged out a 12-7 win over the Chicago Bears to get their second win of the season. Although the game wasn’t the most entertaining, there was still a lot to take away from it.
Justin Fields Had His Bad Moments, But He Would Be Better On A Different Team
As mentioned, Justin Fields has been unimpressive this season, but if his situation were better, there is potential. Fields thrives when he is allowed to create his own plays on the ground, and the play scheme in Chicago doesn’t bring out his best talents. Fields created some of Chicago’s best offense when he was free to take off. For example, in Chicago’s last drive of the game, Fields scrambled for a 39-yard gain down to the five-yard line that set up the Bears in a prime position to win the game. Instead of trusting their quarterback Fields to finish the game with a rushing touchdown or even hand it off to running back David Montgomery, three straight passing plays were called. The Bears ended up losing the game.
Along with Chicago being a poor scheme fit for Fields, he has virtually no weapons to help set him up for success. He is also behind one of the worst offensive lines in football and seems to take a beating from opposing defenses every game. I’m not saying Fields will be a successful NFL quarterback, but if he is, it won’t be in Chicago.
It Is Time To Admit The Washington Commanders Are Just Not A Good Team.
As a Washington Commanders fan, no matter how good or bad they are, I’m always excited for a win, but that win felt like a loss. Washington should have gone out there and dominated that game. Unfortunately, they didn’t, and although the defense did their job by only allowing seven points, the team still almost lost. The offense once again looked dysfunctional, and this time I will put significant blame on Carson Wentz. In his defense, he injured his hand early in the game. Wentz finished this game with a stat line of 12-of-22 passes completed for 99 yards and zero touchdowns, with his biggest highlight being a block he put into the chest of Roquan Smith. Overall, he seemed uncomfortable throughout the game, missing easy receivers and not taking as many shots downfield. The Commanders will also not be able to get much of a run game behind this lackluster offensive line, as shown by the yards per carry of their running backs. In conclusion, poor play calling and coaching mixed with a horrendous offensive line and timid quarterback play makes for a non-existent offense. As much as I’d like to say there could be a turnaround for the Commanders, I don’t see it happening. Bu, they don’t have the hardest of schedules remaining, so there still could be a sliver of hope for this team.